According to VeriSign's Domain Report the first quarter of 2009 ended with 183 million registered domain names world wide. This is a 3% increase over the 4th quarter of 2008. The increase was lead by .com and .net registrations as well as an increase in the number of ccTDLs (Country Code Top Level Domain Names) registered.
In the first quarter of 2009 nearly 11.8 million new TDLs were registered. This is a 17% increase over the fourth quarter of 2008 but down 17% from the first quarter of 2008. The rank of TDLs in terms of size are .com, .cn, .de, .net, .org, .uk, .info, .nl, .eu, .biz. In terms of ccTDLs, there were 74.1 million total registrations at the end of the first quarter of 2009. This is a 18% increase over the fourth quarter 2008. In total the first quarter ended with 3 million new registrations, that's 38% over the fourth quarter of 2008, but down 39% compared to the first quarter of 2008. There are more than 240 ccTDLs globally, and the top ten contribute to 64% of the total number of registrations.
.us - grew the fastest of all the ccTDLs with a 12% increase over previous quarters.
.ru (Russian Federation) - grew by 8%, which was lower than previous quarter but still second fastest in growth
.cn (China) grew only 4%, slowest in past twelve quarters and partially due to big fee increases.
.com/.net registrations grew to 92.4 million total registrations. That is a 2% increase over the fourth quarter of 2008, and 9% over the first quarter of 2008, and a 34% increase compared to the first quarter of 2007. Roughly 2.4 million new .com/.net domains were registered each month during the first quarter bringing the total to 7.3 million new registrations.
Domain renewals have only increased slightly from the fourth quarter rate of 70% to 71% in the first quarter of 2009.