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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.


Canada and Central Europe

  • Operates across three countries, Canada, Switzerland and the Netherlands
  • Servicing residential, commercial and industrial sectors both in the RMI and new construction markets

Revenue (8% of Group)

Trading profit

Trading margin

Business units



Key brand

Wolseley Canada logo
Wasco logo
Tobler logo

5-year performance £m

Graphic: 5-year performance in million pounds: 2012 Revenue: 1278, 2012 Trading Profit: 80, 2013 Revenue: 1238, 2013 Trading Profit: 75, 2014 Revenue: 1162, 2014 Trading Profit: 69, 2015 Revenue: 1113, 2015 Trading Profit: 55, 2016 Revenue: 1097, 2016 Trading Profit: 53

Quarterly like-for-like revenue growth

Graphic: Quarterly like for like revenue growth: 2015 Q1: -0.3%, Q2: 3.7%, Q3: -0.8%, Q4: 5.0%, 2016 Q1: -2.8%, Q2: -1.7%, Q3: 0.0%, Q4: 0.3%

Regional KPIs

  2016 2015
Like-for-like revenue growth (1.1)% +5.5%
Trading margin 4.8% 3.9%


Competitive environment

Each country is a distinct market with its own national, regional and local competition.

Revenue by market sector

Graphic: Revenue by market driver pie chart: Non-residential new construction: 17%, Civil Infrastructure: 2%; Residential RMI: 43%, Non-residential RMI: 16%, Residential new construction: 22%

Business unit portfolio and profile

Canada and Central Europe operates across three countries, Canada, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Wolseley Canada has three business units in the B2B market serving the residential, commercial and industrial sectors in both RMI and new contruction.  Tobler in Switzerland and Wasco in the Netherlands both serve B2B customers predominantly operating in residential RMI and residential new-construction markets.

  • Blended Branches (Canada)

    The Blended Branches business in Canada supplies plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration products to residential and commercial contractors.

    Market position

    contribution to 2015/16 revenue

  • Waterworks (Canada)

    The Waterworks business in Canada supplies specialist water and waste water treatment systems to residential, commercial and municipal contractors.

    Market position

    contribution to 2015/16 revenue

  • Industrial (Canada)

    The Canadian Industrial business is a supplier of PVF solutions to oil and gas customers and municipal contractors across Canada.

    contribution to 2015/16 revenue

  • Tobler (Switzerland)

    Tobler is the leading distributor of plumbing and heating products in Switzerland.

    Market position

    contribution to 2015/16 revenue

  • Wasco (The Netherlands)

    Wasco is a distributor of heating, plumbing and spare parts across the Netherlands.

    Market position

    contribution to 2015/16 revenue

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Figures are for the year ended 31 July 2016