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Wolseley is the world's leading specialist distributor of plumbing and heating products. Our businesses hold leading positions in their local markets

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



  • 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 (15% 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: 5-year performance in million pounds: 2011 Revenue: 1651, 2011 Trading Profit: 88, 2012 Revenue: 1667, 2012 Trading Profit: 93, 2013 Revenue: 1769, 2013 Trading Profit: 95, 2014 Revenue: 1853, 2014 Trading Profit: 96, 2015 Revenue: 1987, 2015 Trading Profit: 90

Quarterly like-for-like revenue growth

Graphic: Quarterly like for like revenue growth: 2014 Q1: 4.3%, Q2: 2.0%, Q3: -3.5%, Q4: -2.6%, 2015 Q1: 0.5%, Q2: 3.4%, Q3: 7.6%, Q4: 3.1%

Regional KPIs

  2015 2014
Like-for-like revenue growth +3.6% (0.1)%
Trading margin 4.5% 5.2%


Competitive environment

Each business unit has its own competitors ranging from a number of large national companies to small local businesses.

Revenue by market sector

Graphic: Revenue by market driver pie chart: Non-residential new construction: 15%, Civil infrastructure: 11%, Residential RMI: 52%, Non-residential RMI: 14%, Residential new construction: 8%

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 market, with low exposure to the new residential construction market.

The national network of branches is served by one national distribution centre and five regional distribution centres.

  • Plumbing and Heating

    Plumbing and Heating business, which includes the Plumb and Parts Center and William Wilson brands, is a leading distributor of domestic and commercial plumbing and heating products and a specialist supplier of a wide range of spares and replacements, primarily to the residential RMI market.

    The business unit also includes the Drain Center brand, which is a specialist in above ground drainage.

    Market position

    contribution to 2014/15 revenue

  • Pipe Center and Climate Center

    Pipe and Climate Center distribute pipes, valves, fittings, air conditioning and refrigeration products to mechanical services and plant engineers and commercial heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration contractors. Pipe and Climate Center generates the majority of its revenue from the non-residential new construction market.

    Market position

    contribution to 2014/15 revenue

  • Below ground drainage - Burdens

    Burdens, a Utilities business, is a leading specialist in below ground drainage serving the civil infrastructure and utilities markets.

    Market position

    contribution to 2014/15 revenue

  • Other

    In March, the UK acquired a majority shareholding in, a leading B2C online bathroom retailer.

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Figures for the year ended 31 July 2015