Monday, March 17, 2008

Google Says Search Lead, Asian Growth to Help Weather Recession

expects its place as
the world's most popular online hunt land site and gross sales from fast-
growing Asiatic markets, including China, to assist the company
weather any U.S. recession.

''One of the very good beginnings for Google is the very rapid
growth in Asia,'' said , main executive director military officer of
Google, which acquires almost all its gross from advertisements next to search
results. Historically, people be given to switch their money to the
most ''highly measured'' advertizer when there are ''economic
difficulties,'' he said today at a briefing in Beijing.

Google, which bring forths about one-half its gross sales from outside
the U.S., said trading operations overseas, including the Chinese market,
are ''well positioned'' to get by with a U.S. slowdown. Mountain
View, California-based Google's have got fallen 37 percent
this twelvemonth after climbing 50 percentage in 2007, amid concern the
world's biggest economic system is in recession.

''We believe the Chinese online advertisement marketplace is one of
the best topographic points to be,'' said , an analyst at CLSA
Ltd. inch Hong Kong. ''Even if the U.S. slows, People'S Republic Of People'S Republic Of China is still going
to see quite strong economical growth.'' Leung have a ''buy'' rating
on Inc., China's greatest hunt site.

Web hunt gross sales for China, which Google today said overtook
the U.S. arsenic the greatest online marketplace by users, may almost double
to 5 billion kwai ($706 million) this twelvemonth and ascent to 22.1
billion kwai by 2012, research worker projected.

China added an norm of 6 million Web users a calendar month last
year for a sum of 210 million, according to the government-
backed People'S Republic Of People'S Republic Of China Network Information Center. The U.S. was place to 216
million users at the end of 2007, based on Nielsen-Netratings

China Net Income

Google will probably describe a 2.8 percentage diminution in 2008
sales to $16.1 billion, according to the norm of 22 analyst
estimates compiled by.

Schmidt declined to supply figs for Google's sales
growth in Asia or China. The company probably generated 501
million kwai from People'S Republic Of China last year, Recognition Switzerland estimated, or
less than 1 percentage of revenue.

Google's local investings and partnerships with Chinese Web
sites have got failed to assist the company stopping point the twofold market-
share Pb have in the nation.

Baidu expanded its marketplace share to 60 percentage in the fourth
quarter from 58 percentage a twelvemonth earlier, while Google's rose to 26
percent from 17 percent, according to research worker Analysys

Criticism on Censoring

Google's determination in 2006 to present a local hunt site
that excepts information prohibited by China's authorities has
drawn unfavorable judgment from U.S. lawmakers and human rights groupings such
as Amnesty International.

Access to the company's video-sharing land site have been
blocked in People'S Republic Of China since at least March 15, after Tibet's biggest
protest in almost 20 old age began last hebdomad when 100s of monks
marched in Lassa city, calling for an end to religious
restrictions and the release of imprisoned colleagues.

Searches on the land land land site for ''Tibet'' direct users to
tourism Web sites, while similar questions on the international
site,, offering golf course to the Web site of the ,
Tibet's Negro spiritual leader.

''We made a determination some old age ago that it was more
important to give whatever information we could to the citizens
of People'S Republic Of People'S Republic Of China while observing the worlds of local laws,'' Schmidt
said, when asked whether the unavailability of YouTube in China
was linked to the protestations in Tibet.

The company is ''working to ensure'' the service is restored
as soon as possible, , A spokeswoman in Peking for
Google, said in an e-mail.

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