.eu reports healthy registration rise in Q3 2012

Brussels, 6 December 2012 – .eu domain name registrations in Q3 2012 grew by more than 7% year over year for the second consecutive quarter, according to the latest progress report from the .eu registry, EURid. The third quarter’s net growth rate of 7.4% was consistent with Q2’s 7.6% result.

“.eu registrations have risen steadily during 2012, with the Q3 results supporting our sustainable growth targets,” said EURid’s General Manager, Marc Van Wesemael. “During tough economic times, doing business online becomes ever more attractive. I see .eu’s growth as evidence of this trend across Europe.”

EURid’s Q3 2012 report shows that Malta had the highest annual growth, a 35% rise in .eu registrations compared with Q3 2011, followed by Slovakia (22%) and Austria (21%). During the same period, registrations grew by over 15% annually in a further four European Union countries: the Czech Republic, Greece, Lithuania and Slovenia.

.eu completed the third quarter of 2012 with 3.67 million registered domain names. Across the EU, there were 8% more new .eu registrations in Q3 than during the same quarter in 2011. During these three months, Greece, Malta, Slovakia and Spain all increased by 5% or more.

The full Q3 2012 report is available for download at http://link.eurid.eu/reports.

For media information, please contact:

Catherine Dowdell, PR Officer   Phone: 46 (0)8 5063 74 12   Email: press@eurid.eu

About .eu and EURid

The .eu domain ranks among the largest top-level domains in the world, connecting 500 million people in 27 EU countries to one Internet identity. More than 3.5 million .eu names have been registered since the domain opened for registration in 2005. Many companies and brands use a .eu website as a practical solution to convey a clear European identity and their business ambitions, including Fairtrade International, Foot Locker, Louis Vuitton, the MAN Group, Microsoft Corporation, Orangina and Toyota.

EURid is the not-for-profit organisation that operates the .eu top-level domain, following a tender process and appointment by the European Commission. EURid works with over 850 accredited registrars and provides support in the 23 official EU languages. EURid is registered by the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), which is an expression of EURid’s environmental commitment. With headquarters in Brussels (Belgium), EURid also has regional offices in Pisa (Italy), Prague (the Czech Republic) and Stockholm (Sweden). More information at: http://www.eurid.eu

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