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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Amazon.com Inc's research and development for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $2,423 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was $8,502 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Amazon.com Inc Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was 1862 (Dec. 2013 ) + 1991 (Mar. 2014 ) + 2226 (Jun. 2014 ) + 2423 (Sep. 2014 ) = $8,502 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.
Amazon.com Inc Annual Data
|Research & Development||283||451||662||818||1,033||1,240||1,734||2,909||4,564||6,565|
Amazon.com Inc Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||1,082||1,192||1,345||1,383||1,586||1,734||1,862||1,991||2,226||2,423|