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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 Dec. 2013 was $1,862 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was $6,565 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 Dec. 2013 was 1383 (Mar. 2013 ) + 1586 (Jun. 2013 ) + 1734 (Sep. 2013 ) + 1862 (Dec. 2013 ) = $6,565 Mil.
* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.
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||0||1,240||1,734||2,909||4,564||6,565|
Amazon.com Inc Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||769||862||945||1,082||1,192||1,345||1,383||1,586||1,734||1,862|