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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 Sep. 2016 was $200 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2016 was $721 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Symantec Corp Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2016 was 174 (Dec. 2015 ) + 177 (Mar. 2016 ) + 170 (Jun. 2016 ) + 200 (Sep. 2016 ) = $721 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||867||894||870||857||862||969||1,026||722||812||748|
Symantec Corp Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||308||276||193||208||198||199||174||177||170||200|