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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. SunPower Corp's research and development for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $17 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was $68 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
SunPower Corp Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was 16.972 (Dec. 2013 ) + 16.746 (Mar. 2014 ) + 16.581 (Jun. 2014 ) + 17.291 (Sep. 2014 ) = $68 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.
SunPower Corp Annual Data
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SunPower Corp Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||14||15||18||13||13||15||17||17||17||17|