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Google Research and Development Expense (Quarterly):

2.126B for March 31, 2014

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March 31, 2014 2.126B
Dec. 31, 2013 2.111B
Sept. 30, 2013 2.017B
June 30, 2013 1.987B
March 31, 2013 1.837B
Dec. 31, 2012 1.935B
Sept. 30, 2012 1.879B
June 30, 2012 1.538B
March 31, 2012 1.441B
Dec. 31, 2011 1.301B
Sept. 30, 2011 1.404B
June 30, 2011 1.234B
March 31, 2011 1.226B
Dec. 31, 2010 1.051B
Sept. 30, 2010 994.00M
June 30, 2010 898.00M
March 31, 2010 818.00M
Dec. 31, 2009 736.00M
Sept. 30, 2009 758.00M
June 30, 2009 708.00M
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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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GOOG Research and Development Expense (Quarterly) Benchmarks

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

Minimum 708.00M Jun 2009
Maximum 2.126B Mar 2014
Average 1.400B

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