Google saw its revenue grow by 23 per cent year-on-year to $6.77 billion (£4.39 billion) during the first quarter of the year, beating the forecasts of Wall Street analysts.

Aggregate clicks from its pay per click services, which includes ads displayed on Google sites and those on its AdSense partners, rose by 15 per cent between January and March compared with the first three months of 2009.

Average cost per click was up seven per cent on the opening quarter of last year.

Revenue from Google-owned sites such as YouTube stood at $4.44 billion during the quarter, up 20 per cent year-on-year and the equivalent of 66 per cent of total turnover.

Income generated outside the US was worth $3.58 billion, or 53 per cent of revenue. This is up one per cent on the first quarter of 2009 and the same percentage as in the final three months of last year.

The UK accounted for $842 million of this income.

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