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March search share: Google up, rivals down

Google claimed 64 percent of the U.S. search market in March, with growth that outpaced the overall market.

Google's share of the U.S. search market increased as its growth outpaced that of the market overall, according to new statistics from Nielsen Online.

The overall search market grew 16.7 percent to 9.5 billion searches from March 2008 to March 2009. Google's share of that grew 27.6 percent to 6.1 billion, Nielsen said Friday.

Yahoo, in second place, saw growth of 1.7 percent to 1.5 billion. Microsoft's grew 0.3 percent to about 982 million.

Overall, Google held 64.2 percent share to Yahoo's 15.8 percent and Microsoft's 10.3 percent.

Here are the full year-over-year (YOY) growth statistics from Nielsen: