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Google Sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in July with 66.8 percent market share, followed by Microsoft Sites with 15.7 percent (up 0.1 percentage points) and Yahoo! Sites with 13.0 percent. Ask Network accounted for 3.1 percent of explicit core searches (up 0.1 percentage points), followed by AOL, Inc. with 1.5 percent.
17.7 billion explicit core searches were conducted in July (up 3 percent), with Google Sites ranking first with 11.8 billion (up 3 percent). Microsoft Sites ranked second with 2.8 billion searches (up 4 percent), followed by Yahoo! Sites with 2.3 billion (up 3 percent), Ask Network with 548 million (up 6 percent) and AOL, Inc. with 264 million.
The total number of Web searches was down in July 2012, compared with a year ago, when Americans conducted 19.2 billion search queries, according to ComScore. Google led the search race at that time with 12.5 billion searches, followed by Yahoo with 3.4 billion searches and Microsoft with 2.6 billion.