HuskyPup - 7:52 pm on Jun 17, 2012 (gmt 0)
Things have changed a lot this past year with Google and its attemtps with geo-targeting and especially how it treats TLDs and gTLDs and especially so a .com hosted outside of the US.
Since 1994 I have a UK hosted .com that has ranked at the top of most search engines since the mid 90s and mostly ever since Google was under beta testing. In the last few months I have had to upload an almost duplicate copy of the site to my .co.uk site since G has definitely fallen out of love with many .com sites in the UK.
I have also had to 301 an entire UK .com customer's site to its .co.uk since it had effectively been downgraded in the G.co.uk SERPs.
For my .co.uk site that is gaining nicely in the UK SERPs and is ranking back where the .com used to be. For my customer's site it has recovered completely PLUS the referrals are much better now with the majority being UK visitors.
Some posters have written similar stories about their widget sector whereas some have seen no discernible difference therefore YMMV!