Despite high fuel costs, the annual R&D Trends Forecast for companies conducting U.S.-based R&D looks more favorable than it has for the past three years. Although the 2006 trends were being collected while the dollar hit a 25-month high against the euro and the yen, gas price stopped $3 a gallon and Hurricane Katrina blasted New Orleans and other Gulf cities, the results reveal a general shift to higher spending on R&D with even more emphasis on new business and less on supporting existing business.
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Volume 49, Issue 1, January-February 2006