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Sorry for being so slow in respoding to your intial post here in the Euro Forum.
Years ago we did a European Search Engine Chart [webmasterworld.com]. CAUTION, this chart is from 2002 and very very outdated! However it will give you an idea of how the markets look like.
We tried to maintain an updated chart, but it's very time consuming keeping up with the ever changing landscape of European search engines, their technology and market shares. Furthermore none of them publish their traffic/search stats, so we only have our members referral stats to go by, which probably are somewhat scewed and maybe represent numbers that does not reflect the actual market share of the search engines.
Good luck and do keep us posted on how you're doing? :)
This classic discussion from 2001 will give you an idea of what things looked like in the days when there were still lots of local engines in Europe holding significant market shares. But it is even more outdated today than the European Search Engine Chart that Rumbas linked to. [webmasterworld.com ]
In fact, WebmasterWorld's Forums Index will give you a clue. Observe the number of posts in Google News and compare them to the European Forum. It didn't look anywhere near like this back in 2001.
1. Google 48.2% Veränderung zu Vorjahr + 1.1%
2. Yahoo 22.2% Veränderung zu Vorjahr + 0.9%
3. MSN 11.0% Veränderung zu Vorjahr - 1.8%
Search engines - last three weeks
No. Search engines 18.07.06-24.07.06/25.07.06-31.07.06/01.08.06-07.08
1 Google 80.7% 80.2% 80.0%
2 NetSprint 8.6% 8.5% 9.0%
3 OnetSzukaj 8.5% 9.2% 9.0%
4 MSN 1.3% 1.1% 1.0%
5 Yahoo 0.4% 0.4% 0.5%
6 Szukacz 0.4% 0.4% 0.3%
7 Altavista 0.1% 0.1% 0.2%