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April 20, 2009

Google Q1 earnings rise 9% as sales top $5.5 billion

Revenue from the UK was $733m, 13% of total revenue compared to 15% in 2008

By CBR Staff Writer

Google has reported a 9% increase in net income to $1.42 billion for the first quarter 2009, compared to $1.3 billion in the year-ago quarter, on revenue up 6% at $5.5 billion. Operating income grew 22% to $1.88 billion, while diluted EPS grew 9% to $4.49. Net cash provided by operating activities was $2.25 billion.

Geographically, non-US revenue totaled $2.88 billion, representing 52% of the total revenue compared to 51% last year. Revenue from the UK was $733m, 13% of total revenue compared to 15% in 2008.

Eric Schmidt, chief executive at Google, said: Google had a good quarter given the depth of the recession. While revenues were down quarter over quarter, they grew 6% year over year, thanks to continued strong query growth. These results underline both the resilience of our business model and the ongoing potential of the web as users and advertisers shift online. Our priority remains investing for the long term to drive future growth in our core and emerging businesses.

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