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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.



  • A wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, industrial and ventilation products
  • National distribution centre in Ontario and branches located in all 10 provinces across Canada
  • Servicing residential, commercial and industrial sectors both in the RMI and new build markets

Key brand

Wolseley Canada logo

Revenue (7% of Group)

Trading profit

Trading margin

Business units



5-year performance £m

Graphic: Canada Five Year Performance bar chart (£m): Revenue: 2008: 684, 2009: 700, 2010: 765, 2011: 811, 2012: 850. Trading profit: 2008: 39, 2009: 32, 2010: 41, 2011: 39, 2012: 49

Quarterly like-for-like revenue growth

Graphic: Canada quarterley like-for-like bar chart

Regional KPIs

  2013 2012
Like-for-like revenue growth +2.0% +4.5%
Trading margin 5.8% 5.8%


Competitive environment

Wolseley Canada is estimated to be the second largest national distributor in the Waterworks business and in Blended Branches. However, its market position varies by region.

Revenue by market sector

Graphic: Canada revenue by market driver: Residential new construction: 34%, Residential RMI: 8%, Non-residential new construction: 35%, Non-residential RMI: 23%

Business unit portfolio and profile

Wolseley Canada is a wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, industrial and ventilation products, servicing residential, commercial and industrial sectors, both in the RMI and new build markets.

Synergies with the USA include non-facing customer activities, specifically supply chain and sourcing.

  • Blended Branches

    The Blended Branches business mainly supplies plumbing equipment to residential and commercial contractors, and a wide range of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration products and parts from leading manufacturers, to both residential and commercial contractors. The branch network is supported by the national distribution centre in Milton, Ontario.

    Market position

    contribution to 2012/13 revenue

  • Waterworks

    The Waterworks business serves residential, commercial and municipal contractors. Its strong market position is based on strong relationships with core contractors and North American and international vendors.

    Market position

    contribution to 2012/13 revenue

  • Industrial

    The Industrial business serves industrial and municipal contractors. The most significant customer base exists in oil, gas and mining operations in Canada.

    Market position

    contribution to 2012/13 revenue

Regional profile PDF

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Figures are for the year ended 31 July 2013