By Marcus Leach

Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for .uk Internet infrastructure, will today (Thursday) release figures showing that .uk registrations grew by 10.5% over the past 12 months, bringing the total number of domains to 9.7 million by the end of September 2011.

.uk also maintains its position as the world’s second largest country code registry after Germany’s .de. The figures are published in the latest edition of
Nominet’s annual study of the domain name industry, which is formally
launched at a conference of Internet professionals in London today.

The Domain Business report shows that preference for .uk remains strong with eighty one percent of those surveyed saying they prefer .uk sites when
presented with a choice of a .uk or .com in search results. The main
reasons given were that it would be more likely to be a UK based company and have more relevance with prices in sterling and acceptable delivery charges.

The report also shows that the global market for domain names is healthy and
growing with an increase of 9.5% this year, taking the total number of
domains globally to 218, an increase of 19 million. Generic Top Level
Domains now make up 60% of the market while 39% are country code Top Level Domains.

“Nominet is proud to continue to operate one of the world’s largest Internet domain name registries and the good news is that the .uk space continues to go from strength to strength," Lesley Cowley OBE, Chief Executive of Nominet,
said.

"The register was at 9.7 million domains at the end of September 2011 and we expect it to reach 10 million in the early months of next year. As business sites now account for more than three million .uk websites it is impossible to ignore the vital role that the .uk space plays in the national digital economy.”

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