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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Symantec Corp's research and development for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $252 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was $1,028 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Symantec Corp Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was 267 (Mar. 2013 ) + 261 (Jun. 2013 ) + 248 (Sep. 2013 ) + 252 (Dec. 2013 ) = $1,028 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.
Symantec Corp Annual Data
|Research & Development||252||334||682||867||894||870||857||862||969||1,012|
Symantec Corp Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||247||242||241||249||247||249||267||261||248||252|