Nominet published March domain registration information earlier today and whilst they don’t quite add up our analysis follows.
On an *adjusted (for seasonality) basis new dot-uk registrations were 156,307, (176,628) last month a decrease on February of (11.5%) and (11.2%) below March 2011. The first quarter shows an increase on the very weak last quarter of 2011 of 3.1% but is (3.7%) down on Q1 of 2011.
Unadjusted they were 179,207 in March a decrease of (4.3%) from February and (11.2%) lower than last year. The first quarter year on year shows a decrease of (3.9%).
Total domains on their register Nominet reports as over 10 million for the first time at 10,047,509 which on a countback basis increased slightly to 64.8 months new registrations.
We have again included our traditional unadjusted graphic.
The moving annual total has shown quite a drop this month to 2.05m (2.07m) after the small drop last month following the recovery in January from the depressing end to 2011. We are even less buoyant than last month concerning the 2012 outcome but we still predict it will be over 2 million but at around the 2.035m level well short of the all time high of 2.07m achieved last year.
*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