Google is shuttering Google Compare: WSJ

23 Feb, 2016 4:57 pm

SAN FRANCISCO – Google is shuttering Google Compare, its US comparison-shopping site for auto insurance, credit cards and mortgages after one year, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The quick reversal is a setback to the Alphabet unit’s efforts to use its enormous reach to provide consumers with niche shopping services and financial-services tools, the Journal said.

The company said in an email to its partners on Monday that Google Compare’s US and UK services would start winding down this month and terminate on March 23, according to the Journal.

Google said the service didn’t meet its expectations and that the company will now focus on AdWords and future innovations, the paper reported citing the email. Google could not immediately be reached for comment outside US business hours. -Reuters

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