This website uses cookies to help us improve your experience when you visit our website. By continuing to use this website, you consent to our
use of these cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to manage them please see our Privacy and cookies policy.

Close cookie information

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.


France (ongoing)

  • A leading distributor of building materials
  • Outcome of strategic review included disposal of 88 branches in the south of France

Key brands

Reseau Pro logo

Revenue (5% of Group)

Trading profit

Trading margin

Business unit



5-year performance £m

Graphic: France 5 year performance bar chart (£m): Revenue: 2008: 1,405, 2009: 1,415, 2010: 1,294, 2011: 1,317, 2012: 1,252. Trading profit: 2008: 86, 2009: 36, 2010: 37, 2011: 46, 2012: 30

Quarterly like-for-like revenue growth

Graphic: France like for like bar chart

Regional KPIs

  2013 2012
Like-for-like revenue growth (9.1%) (0.9%)
Trading margin 1.6% 2.4%


Competitive environment

In addition to a number of large national distributors (including Wolseley France) there are also a number of buying groups that operate in France, accounting for a large proportion of the market.

Revenue by market sector

Graphic: France revenue by market driver pie chart: Non-residential new construction: 16%, Residential RMI: 33%, Residential new construction: 40%, Non-residential RMI: 11%

Business unit portfolio and profile

During 2012/13 a strategic review of the Group’s business in France was conducted. In March it was announced that Wolseley France is being reorganised into a single building materials distribution business.

  • Building materials

    The building materials business comprises Réseau Pro, the number two integrated distributor in France, selling building materials, roofing, insulation, timber and flooring, and Panofrance, focused on timber, panels and interior design.

    Market position

    contribution to 2012/13 revenue

Regional profile PDF

Download the latest France profile


Figures are for the year ended 31 July 2013