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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.


Central Europe (ongoing)

  • Plumbing and heating businesses with good market positions and strong local brands
  • Operating in Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and France Wood Solutions

Revenue (6% of Group)

Trading profit

Trading margin

Business units



Key brands

OAG logo Wasco logo
Tobler logo Silverwood logo

5-year performance £m

Graphic: Central Europe 5 year performance bar chart: Revenue: 2008: 665, 2009: 728, 2010: 717, 2011: 718, 2012: 714. Trading profit: 2008: 9, 2009: 17, 2010: 18, 2011: 31, 2012: 30

Quarterly like-for-like revenue growth

Graphic: Central Europe like for like bar chart

Regional KPIs

  2013 2012
Like-for-like revenue growth (2.5%) +0.3%
Trading margin 3.8% 4.7%


Business unit portfolio and profile

Wolseley now operates in four countries in the region: Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands and France

Revenue by market sector

Graphic: Central Europe revenue by market driver pie chart: Residential new construction: 31%, Residential RMI: 27%, Non-residential new construction: 30%, Non-residential RMI: 8%, Civil infrastructure: 4%

  • Tobler (Switzerland)

    In Switzerland, Tobler is the leading distributor of heating and plumbing products. It operates a national distribution centre and has invested significantly in e-commerce, giving it the ability to generate a large proportion of its sales online.

    Market position

    contribution to 2012/13 revenue

  • ÖAG (Austria)

    The Austrian business ÖAG sells plumbing, heating and sanitary products, as well as pipes and valves to industrial and municipal customers.

    Market position

    contribution to 2012/13 revenue

  • Wasco (Netherlands)

    The main brand in the Netherlands is Wasco, a distributor of heating, plumbing and ventilation equipment, particularly boilers and spares. Its customer base includes large regional and national contractors.

    Market position

    contribution to 2012/13 revenue

  • Wood Solutions (France)

    The wood solutions business, transferred from the France region, includes Silverwood, the market leader in specialist sawn and processed woods, and a structural wood business which manufactures trusses and other carpentry systems.

    contribution to 2012/13 revenue

Regional profile PDF

Download the latest Central Europe profile


Figures are for the year ended 31 July 2013