Google recorded revenues of $5.52 billion (£3.38 billion) during the second quarter of 2009, a three per cent rise on its earnings for the corresponding period of last year.

The search engine said net income for the three months to the end of June was $1.48 billion, up from $1.25 billion in Q2 2008.

Revenue from Google-owned sites also rose by three per cent year-on-year to $3.65 billion, or 66 per cent of the total.

Meanwhile, partner sites generated revenues of $1.68 billion through the site’s internet marketing service AdSense.

Google saw an increase in the amount of revenue generated from outside the US during the second quarter. The figure climbed to $2.91 billion, representing 53 per cent of total earnings. This is up from 52 per cent of revenues in both the first quarter of 2009 and the second quarter of 2008.

"These results highlight the enduring strength of our business model and our responsible efforts to manage expenses in a way that puts us in a good position for the economic upturn, when it occurs," said Google chief executive Eric Schmidt.

Recent figures from comScore show Google accounted for 65 per cent of the US search market in June.

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