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The proportion of innovative enterprises has fallen below 50%

Jan 21, 2015 | News

(21 January 2015) – In the EU28, just under half (48.9%) of enterprises of 10 employees or more reported innovation activity during the period 2010-2012.

The proportion of innovative enterprises dropped in 2010-2012 compared with both 2006-2008 (51.5% innovative enterprises) and the peak recorded in 2008-2010 (52.8%). This pattern was observed in the majority of Member States.

Innovation activities refer to product and process innovation as well as organisational and marketing innovation. Between 2010 and 2012, innovation in EU enterprises related mainly to organisation (27.5% of all enterprises), followed by marketing innovations (24.3%), product innovations (23.7%) and process innovations (21.4%).

During the period 2010-2012, the highest proportions of enterprises with innovation activity were recorded in Germany (66.9% of enterprises), Luxembourg (66.1%) and Ireland (58.7%). On the contrary, less than 30% of enterprises had innovation activity in that period in Romania (20.7%), Poland (23.0%) and Bulgaria (27.4%).

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