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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. 2015 was $308 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was $1,450 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. 2015 was 457.9 (Dec. 2014 ) + 339.1 (Mar. 2015 ) + 344.9 (Jun. 2015 ) + 307.9 (Sep. 2015 ) = $1,450 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||312||309||332||313||336||288||458||339||345||308|