April 6, 2009, 12:00 AM

eBay tops February searches, with Wal-Mart and Amazon far behind

Shoppers searched “ebay” nearly 17.7 million times in February, making the online marketplace far and away the most searched-for retail name during the month. “Walmart” came in second with 5.9 million searches and “amazon” was third with 4.3 million.

Consumers searched the term “ebay” nearly 17.7 million times in February, making the online auctioneer and merchant far and away the most searched-for retail name during the month. The term “walmart” came in second with about 5.9 million searches and “amazon” was third with more than 4.3 million.

These were the top retailer names searched for in February, according to data provided to Internet Retailer from Nielsen Online’s MegaView Search Custom Data. The MegaView Search data is based on tallies from 58 representative search engines.

Following are the top 20 retailer names searched in February with the number of searches for each, according to Nielsen Online:

1) ebay, 17,697,000 2) walmart, 5,886,000 3) amazon, 4,348,000 4) target, 3,307,000 5) best buy, 2,757,000 6) netflix, 2,647,000 7) home depot, 2,475,000 8) circuit city, 1,817,000 9) sears, 1,637,000 10) costco, 1,245,000 11) walgreens, 1,132,000 12) macys, 1,092,000 13) bed bath and beyond, 1,071,000 14) jcpenney, 985,000 15) kmart, 980,000 16) staples, 929,000 17) office depot, 869,000 18) kohls, 864,000 19) barnes and noble, 797,000 20) itunes, 756,000

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