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CENTR Reports TLD Slowdown Partly Due to Deletes by Chinese Investors Which Had Peaked in 2016

The Council of European National Top-Level Domains Registries (CENTR) in its quarterly report released today says global domains under all TLDs have contracted slightly due to declines in several larger new gTLDs. From the report: "There are an estimated 311 million domains under management over 1,500+ top-level domains globally*. Over the past 2 years, quarterly growth rates have been decreasing since peaks in early 2016. The slowdown is the result of deletes after a period of increased investment from Chinese registrants. Other explanations to the slowdown are specific TLDs, such as .xyz and .top, which have contracted significantly. Without these outliers, global TLD growth would be at 1.0% for Q3 2017 and 2.5% YOY. ... Reductions in .xyz and .top also has pushed the overall new gTLD market share down from 7.5% to 6.6%. The other groups were not affected, suggesting previous gains in those TLDs may have been speculative."

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