LOS ANGELES — Google Chrome surpassed Internet Explorer last week as the world’s most used Web browser, according to a statistic released Monday.

The Google Web browser received more usage than Microsoft’s browser — for the first time — during the week of May 14-20.

Chrome is now ahead of Internet Explorer, with Firefox in third place and Apple’s Safari in fourth, according to the website StatCounter.

But while Chrome is No. 1 worldwide, in the United States, Chrome was still second to Internet Explorer, and that held true to a dramatic degree in Japan and China, as noted by The Verge.

Th ranking is good news for Google because while browsers themselves do not make money, ad clicks from their search queries do.