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Yandex’s Search Share Gains in Russia, Google’s Declines

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Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Yandex NV’s share of Russia’s Internet searches gained in the week to Aug. 19 while the portion of competitor Google Inc. fell and Mail.ru Group Ltd.’s was unchanged, according to Liveinternet.ru.

The share for Yandex, the owner of Russia’s most-used search engine, rose to 60.7 percent in the week to Aug. 19 from 60.4 percent in the previous week, Liveinternet, an Internet service provider and researcher, said on its website today. Yandex’s search share averaged 60.4 percent over the past four weeks, according to Liveinternet.ru.

Russian searches using Google, the world’s largest Web-search provider, fell to 26.6 percent from 26.8 percent, for a four-week average of 26.8 percent, the data show.

The share of Mail.ru Group Ltd., the largest Russian-language Internet company, was unchanged at 8 percent. The four-week average was also at 8 percent, the data showed.

To contact the reporter on this story: Halia Pavliva in New York at hpavliva@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tal Barak Harif at tbarak@bloomberg.net