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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Eaton Corp PLC's research and development for the three months ended in Dec. 2014 was $154 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2014 was $647 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Eaton Corp PLC Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2014 was 162 (Mar. 2014 ) + 168 (Jun. 2014 ) + 163 (Sep. 2014 ) + 154 (Dec. 2014 ) = $647 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.
Eaton Corp PLC Annual Data
|Research & Development||279||315||335||417||395||425||417||439||644||647|
Eaton Corp PLC Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||102||126||152||161||166||165||162||168||163||154|