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

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


Quarterly like-for-like revenue growth

Graphic: Quarterly like-for-like bar chart

Regional KPIs

  2014 2013
Like-for-like revenue growth (0.1)% +2.5%
Trading margin 5.2% 5.4%


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: UK revenue by market driver pie chart: Residential new construction: xx%, Residential RMI: xx%, Non-residential new construction: xx%, Non-residential RMI: xx%, Civil infrastructure: xx%

Business unit portfolio and profile

The UK is focussed 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 residential new 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 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 ongoing 2013/14 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 ongoing 2013/14 revenue

  • Utilities

    The Utilities business which operates under the Burdens brand, is a leading specialist in below-ground drainage serving the civil infrastructure and utilities markets.

    Market position

    contribution to ongoing 2013/14 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.

    contribution to ongoing 2013/14 revenue

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Figures are for the year ended 31 July 2014