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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. 2014 was $328 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was $1,310 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. 2014 was 332.2 (Dec. 2013 ) + 313.4 (Mar. 2014 ) + 336.4 (Jun. 2014 ) + 328.3 (Sep. 2014 ) = $1,310 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||374||440||601||725||633||774||1,019||1,138||1,250||1,314|
Danaher Corp Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||290||295||296||312||309||332||313||336||328||336|