Google retained its dominant position in the US search market last month, handling 72.17 per cent of all queries from the country’s internet users in the four weeks to May 29th, according to the latest figures from Hitwise.

In news that may be of interest to users of online marketing services, Yahoo! was in second place, taking 14.43 per cent of searches.

Microsoft’s "decision engine" Bing was in third, handling 9.23 per cent of internet users’ queries, while Ask.com came fourth on 2.14 per cent.

Another 74 search engines analysed by Hitwise processed a combined 2.03 per cent of information requests during May.

The findings come after figures from comScore gave Google sites a 63.7 per cent share of the US search market during May.

Overall, the company said American internet users made over 15.9 billion queries online during the month, up three per cent from April.

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