Google remained the dominant US search engine during June, despite a 1.1 per cent decline in its owner market share.

The latest figures from comScore show that the company’s sites, which include YouTube, handled 62.6 per cent of queries from internet users at home, work and university locations during the month, down from 63.7 per cent in May.

Yahoo! and Microsoft, which aim to challenge Google in the pay per click marketing arena through their Search Alliance, both saw their market shares increase by 0.6 per cent.

The study showed Yahoo! sites handled 18.9 per cent of queries in June, while Microsoft accounted for 12.7 per cent.

According to comScore, the rise is down to the companies’ use of "contextual search approaches that tie content and related search results together".

Overall, comScore said Americans carried out 16.4 billion online searches during the month, up three per cent on May.

Of these, 10.2 billion were conducted through Google sites, 3.1 billion through Yahoo! and 2.08 billion through Microsoft.

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