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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Abbott Laboratories's research and development for the three months ended in Jun. 2014 was $335 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2014 was $1,465 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Abbott Laboratories Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2014 was 356.877 (Sep. 2013 ) + 386.243 (Dec. 2013 ) + 387 (Mar. 2014 ) + 335 (Jun. 2014 ) = $1,465 Mil.
If competitive advantage is created by a patent or tech advantage, at some point it will disappear.
High R&D usually dictates high SG&A which threatens the competitive advantage.
Abbott Laboratories Annual Data
|Research & Development||1,697||1,821||2,255||2,506||2,689||2,744||3,725||4,129||1,544||1,452|
Abbott Laboratories Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||364||371||351||460||346||363||357||386||387||335|