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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.



  • A wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, industrial and ventilation equipment
  • 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 (5% of Group)

Trading profit

Trading margin

Business units



5-year performance £m

Graphic: 5-year performance in million pounds: 2011 Revenue: 811, 2011 Trading Profit: 39, 2012 Revenue: 850, 2012 Trading Profit: 49, 2013 Revenue: 814, 2013 Trading Profit: 48, 2014 Revenue: 736, 2014 Trading Profit: 43, 2015 Revenue: 708, 2015 Trading Profit: 34

Quarterly like-for-like revenue growth

Graphic: Quarterly like for like revenue growth: 2014 Q1: 0.5%, Q2: -0.3%, Q3: -0.5%, Q4: 3.7%, 2015 Q1: 3.6%, Q2: 3.1%, Q3: -1.9%, Q4: -5.8%

Regional KPIs

  2015 2014
Like-for-like revenue growth +5.5% (0.8)%
Trading margin 3.9% 5.6%


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: Revenue by market driver pie chart: Non-residential new construction: 23%, Residential RMI: 32%, Non-residential RMI: 24%, Residential new construction: 21%

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.

Wolseley Canada has three business units which principally operate under the Wolseley and Meridian Valves banners, although a number of other brands have been retained to service specific markets.

  • Blended Branches

    The Blended Branches business supplies plumbing equipment and a wide range of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration products and parts to residential and commercial contractors.

    Market position

    contribution to 2014/15 revenue

  • Waterworks

    The Waterworks business supplies products and services to the construction industry and water and waste water treatment systems to residential, commercial and municipal contractors.

    Market position

    contribution to 2014/15 revenue

  • Industrial

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

    9 %
    contribution to 2014/15 revenue

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Figures for the year ended 31 July 2015