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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Trimble Navigation Ltd's research and development for the three months ended in Sep. 2015 was $80 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was $332 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Trimble Navigation Ltd Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was 80.792 (Dec. 2014 ) + 87.2 (Mar. 2015 ) + 84.5 (Jun. 2015 ) + 79.6 (Sep. 2015 ) = $332 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.
Trimble Navigation Ltd Annual Data
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Trimble Navigation Ltd Quarterly Data
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