The gap between Google and its rivals keeps getting larger. The Internet search and advertising giant, whose shares have risen more than $100 in the last month, said net income in the third quarter surged 46 percent compared with the period a year earlier. Sales rose 57 percent, topping Wall Street?s already bullish forecasts.

The results show that Google is growing roughly twice as fast as the overall online advertising market, which itself is booming, and that it is expanding far more quickly than any large Internet company.

?It was a pretty good quarter,? said Douglas Anmuth, an analyst with Lehman Brothers. ?The gap is widening as they continue to dramatically outperform competitors.? This week, Google?s rival Yahoo said its revenues had grown just 12 percent.

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