jmccormac - 10:53 pm on Jan 8, 2012 (gmt 0)
And this is based on what? The number of UK registered .com domains is probably less than half that of the number of registered .uk domains. In Germany, the number of German registered .com domains is probably just over one third (~33%) of the numbers of registered .de domains. The level of ccTLD growth far outstrips that of .com growth in these ccTLD dominant markets and this is actually a global trend that is spreading. Once a ccTLD reaches critical mass, the emphasis on .com becomes less and most of the .com registrations are historical registrations. The databases here track about 5 million .uk domains and all the main gTLDs. I could probably do some kind of usage analysis over .uk domains/websites and UK hosted gTLD domains. Most business is local and the ccTLD is still the best option for accessing those markets.
In some countries - eg Australia - there are benefits to local sites in local TLDs; but in other countries - like the UK - that advantage is smaller, and if anything, .com is growing rather than shrinking - many large UK companies use .com even for purely local (UK) use.