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Alibaba Group Research & Development Spending

The chart above displays the net spending of Alibaba group on research and development in millions of US dollars from 2015 to 2022.

The research and development expenditure of Alibaba group of China remained flat compared to the prior year. Alibaba group spent $8,749 million on research and development in 2022 compared to $8,736 million in 2021.

Research and development Expenses of Alibaba Group 2011-2022

Amounts are in millions.

YearR&D Costs (RMB Million)R&D ($ million)
2022¥55,465$8,749
2021¥57,236$8,736
2020¥43,080$6,085
2019¥37,435$5,578
2018¥22,754$3,628
2017¥17,060 $2,479
2016¥13,788$2,138
2015¥10,658$1,720 
2014¥5,093 
2013¥3,753 
2012¥2,897 
2011¥2,062 

The Alibaba group spent $8,736 million (¥57,236 million) on research and development in 2021 compared to $6,085 million (¥43,080 million) in 2020.

The product development (R&D) expenses of Alibaba group for FY 2019 were ¥37,435 million or $5,578 million. Previous fiscal year (2018), its R&D expenses were ¥22,754 million or $3,628 million. In FY 2019, R&D expenses of Alibab group were 10% of the revenue compared to 9% previous fiscal year.