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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 Mar. 2015 was $21 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was $78 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
SunPower Corp Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was 16.581 (Jun. 2014 ) + 17.291 (Sep. 2014 ) + 22.725 (Dec. 2014 ) + 21.168 (Mar. 2015 ) = $78 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
|Research & Development||6||10||14||21||32||49||58||63||58||73|
SunPower Corp Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||18||13||13||15||17||17||17||17||23||21|