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June 28, 2005

Google Grabs 52 Percent Of U.S. Search Share



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For all their trying, Google's rivals in the search business haven't slowed the giant's steady creep up the market share meter, a Web measuring firm said Tuesday.

As of early June, Google's share of the U.S. search market reached an all-time high, cracking the 50 percent mark for the first time, San Diego, Calif.-based Websidestory said.

Google's 52 percent search referral rate -- the amount of total traffic sent by search sites to other URLs -- was more than double its nearest competitor, Yahoo, and over four times that of MSN.

In some countries, Google holds an even tighter lock on the search market. In the U.K., for instance nearly three-quarters of all search referrals are generated by Google, while in Germany, Google holds an astounding 91 percent market share.

In other Google-related news, share prices of the San Francisco-based company climbed above the $300 mark for the first time Monday. As of mid-day Tuesday, the price had posted a .36 percent gain to $305.19. Shares of the search firm have more than tripled since the company went public in August 2004.

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