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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Zimmer Holdings Inc's research and development for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $46 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was $204 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Zimmer Holdings Inc Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was 53.5 (Mar. 2013 ) + 54.9 (Jun. 2013 ) + 49.4 (Sep. 2013 ) + 46.4 (Dec. 2013 ) = $204 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.
Zimmer Holdings Inc Annual Data
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Zimmer Holdings Inc Quarterly Data
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