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Alphabet Research and Development Expense (Quarterly):

3.942B for March 31, 2017
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Alphabet Historical Research and Development Expense (Quarterly) Data

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March 31, 2017 3.942B
Dec. 31, 2016 3.622B
Sept. 30, 2016 3.596B
June 30, 2016 3.363B
March 31, 2016 3.367B
Dec. 31, 2015 3.51B
Sept. 30, 2015 3.23B
June 30, 2015 2.789B
March 31, 2015 2.753B
Dec. 31, 2014 2.813B
Sept. 30, 2014 2.655B
June 30, 2014 2.238B
March 31, 2014 2.126B
Dec. 31, 2013 1.933B
Sept. 30, 2013 1.821B
June 30, 2013 1.766B
March 31, 2013 1.617B
Dec. 31, 2012 1.225B
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
March 31, 2009 642.00M
Dec. 31, 2008 733.34M
Sept. 30, 2008 704.57M
June 30, 2008 682.21M
March 31, 2008 673.07M
Dec. 31, 2007 630.78M
Sept. 30, 2007 548.71M
June 30, 2007 532.11M
March 31, 2007 408.38M
Dec. 31, 2006 386.81M
Sept. 30, 2006 312.63M
June 30, 2006 282.55M
March 31, 2006 246.60M
Dec. 31, 2005 189.87M
Sept. 30, 2005 177.79M
June 30, 2005 95.77M
March 31, 2005 108.71M
Dec. 31, 2004 87.44M

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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

Alphabet 3.942B
Facebook 1.574B
Adobe Systems 285.08M

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

Minimum 1.225B Dec 2012
Maximum 3.942B Mar 2017
Average 2.589B

GOOG Research and Development Expense (Quarterly) Excel Add-In Codes

  • Metric Code: r_and_d_expense
  • Latest data point: =YCP("GOOG", "r_and_d_expense")
  • Last 5 data points: =YCS("GOOG", "r_and_d_expense", -4)

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