Berlin, January 2013: According to a survey by the ZEW-Institute in Mannheim on behalf of the German Ministry of Education and Research the expenses on innovations in Germany have increased from 2011 to 2012 by 9.2% to 132 Billion Euros in total. In 2013 this amount will probably further increase to 140 Billion Euros. This increase primarily centers on economically successful large companies in the fields of automotive, electronic, mechanical engineering and energy supplying industries. At the same time, the absolute number of innovating companies has decreased by 3% to 39,5% in total. This is below the already low levels of the economically weak years 2009 and 2010. This indicates a further rather negative polarization in the German innovative capacities.