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Amazon.com Research and Development Expense (Quarterly):

1.862B for Dec. 31, 2013

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Dec. 31, 2013 1.862B
Sept. 30, 2013 1.734B
June 30, 2013 1.586B
March 31, 2013 1.383B
Dec. 31, 2012 1.345B
Sept. 30, 2012 1.192B
June 30, 2012 1.082B
March 31, 2012 945.00M
Dec. 31, 2011 862.00M
Sept. 30, 2011 769.00M
June 30, 2011 698.00M
March 31, 2011 579.00M
Dec. 31, 2010 518.00M
Sept. 30, 2010 442.00M
June 30, 2010 408.00M
March 31, 2010 366.00M
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About R&D Expense

R&D expenses are a line item from many companies' income statements.

R&D expense (short for research and development expense) is essentially the amount of money that a company spends to develop new products and services each year. For example, if a pharmaceutical firm hires research scientists to develop new drugs, the salaries of these researchers will generally be expensed in the R&D expense category.

Like marketing expenses, but unlike capital expenditures, R&D expenses are subtracted from revenues every year directly. Therefore, accountants treat R&D spending as an expense rather than as an investment, though there is continuous debate over whether this is the correct classification.

An investor looking at companies with large R&D expenditures should think hard about whether a single company's R&D spending is an expense (like buying rubber to produce tires) or whether it is an investment (like buying machinery to produce tires more efficiently). Determining the answer to that question can have a large impact on how the company is valued.
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AMZN Research and Development Expense (Quarterly) Benchmarks

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AMZN Research and Development Expense (Quarterly) Range, Past 5 Years

Minimum 366.00M Mar 2010
Maximum 1.862B Dec 2013
Average 985.69M
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