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Wolseley operates in six geographic regions – the United States, Canada, the Nordic region, the United Kingdom, Central Europe and France.

The financial results in this section relate to ongoing businesses only.


UK (ongoing)

  • The UK is focused on its core, strong businesses with market leading positions in plumbing and heating and adjacent businesses
  • The majority of the UK’s revenue is generated from the RMI market

Revenue (14% of Group)

Trading profit

Trading margin

Business units



Key brands

Plumb Center logo Wilson logo Burdens logo
Parts Center logo Wilson logo

5-year performance £m

Graphic: UK Five year performance bar chart: Revenue: 2008: 1,745, 2009: 1,592, 2010: 1,603, 2011: 1,655, 2012: 1,670. Trading profit: 2008: 129, 2009: 84, 2010: 75, 2011: 89, 2012: 92

Quarterly like-for-like revenue growth

Graphic: Quarterly like-for-like bar chart

Regional KPIs

  2013 2012
Like-for-like revenue growth +2.5% (0.7%)
Trading margin 5.4% 5.6%


Competitive environment

There are a number of large national players and significant competition is also provided by numerous small local businesses.

Revenue by market sector

Graphic: UK revenue by market driver pie chart: Residential new construction: 9%, Residential RMI: 58%, Non-residential new construction: 17%, Non-residential RMI: 14%, Civil infrastructure: 2%

Business unit portfolio and profile

The UK is focused on its core, strong businesses with market leading positions in plumbing and heating and adjacent businesses.

The majority of the UK’s revenue is generated from the RMI (Repair, Maintenance, and Improvement) market with the public sector accounting for around 35 per cent of revenue.

  • Plumbing and Heating

    Plumbing and Heating includes Plumb and Parts Center, which is a leading distributor of plumbing and heating products. The business operates through a national branch network and can deliver superior fill-rates and a wide range of products through its distribution centres. The business also supplies a wide range of spares and replacements. Efficiencies arise from purchasing volumes, from opportunities to cross-sell and from shared sites.

    Market position

    contribution to 2012/13 revenue

  • Pipe Center and Climate Center

    Pipe and Climate Center distribute pipes, valves, fittings, air conditioning and refrigeration products. The business has a sound track record of profitability, and volumes are driven by non-residential new build projects.

    Market position

    contribution to 2012/13 revenue

  • Below ground drainage - Burdens

    Burdens, acquired in 2012/13 will be the new “below ground” drainage brand of Wolseley UK. 21 Drain Center branches are being rebranded. The Burdens branches operate in the utilities sector and have helped to gain a market leading position in the “below ground” drainage sector.

    Market position

    contribution to 2012/13/ revenue

  • Integrated Services

    Integrated Services offers outsourced inventory management and procurement services for maintenance activities on a long-term contract basis, mainly to public institutions such as housing associations.

    Integrated Services contribution to 2012/13 revenue

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Figures are for the year ended 31 July 2013