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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 Jun. 2016 was $337 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2016 was $1,291 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Danaher Corp Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2016 was 307.9 (Sep. 2015 ) + 327.1 (Dec. 2015 ) + 319.8 (Mar. 2016 ) + 336.6 (Jun. 2016 ) = $1,291 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||440||601||725||633||774||1,019||1,138||1,104||1,157||1,239|
Danaher Corp Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||313||336||288||301||299||305||308||327||320||337|