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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Danaher Corp's research and development for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was $241 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2016 was $1,511 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Danaher Corp Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2016 was 613.8 (Dec. 2015 ) + 319.8 (Mar. 2016 ) + 336.6 (Jun. 2016 ) + 241.1 (Sep. 2016 ) = $1,511 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.
Danaher Corp Annual Data
|Research & Development||601||725||633||774||1,019||1,138||1,104||1,157||1,239||975|
Danaher Corp Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||288||301||299||305||212||614||320||337||241||268|