Dot-UK registrations flat-lining but Nominet will be celebrating the Ides of March

On an *adjusted (for seasonality) basis new dot-uk registrations were 176,628 (176,043) last month an increase on January of  0.3% but 1.2% below February 2011. Year to date they are virtually unchanged compared with 2011 with an increase of 0.02%.

Unadjusted they were 187,309  in February a decrease of 1.4% from January  but 1.2% lower than last year. Cumulative year on year they are also virtually unchanged  with an increase of  0.3%.


  • .co –    176,892
  • .org –      8,636
  • .me -      1,689
  • .ltd -           57
  • .sch -         33
  • .plc -            1
  • .net -            1

Total domains on their register Nominet reports as  9,970,210 which on a countback basis remained at 64.5 months new registrations. We estimate that the landmark figure of 10 million will be reached in the week commencing 12th of March. We are pretty sure the 4th largest registry in the world will, quite rightly, do some celebrating. The Ides of March are of course on the 15th!

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We have again included our traditional unadjusted graphic.





The moving annual total has shown a small drop this month to 2.07m (2.08)m after the recovery in January from the depressing end to 2011. We are slightly less buoyant than last month concerning the 2012 outcome but we still predict it will be over 2 million and remain hopeful that  it may exceed the previous all time high of 2.07 million achieved last year. Maybe the Olympics will help!


*Seasonality adjustment – As with the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) qualification, our figures are (very) experimental – “Experimental statistics are those which are in the testing phase and are not yet fully developed. The main reason why the xxxxxxx are designated as experimental is that the methods and data sources are still being improved”. We would in our case likely go further with our caveats!

Basic data source – Nominet

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