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Wolseley operates in five geographic regions – the United States, Canada, the Nordic region, the United Kingdom and Central Europe and France.

The financial results in this section relate to ongoing businesses only.


Central Europe and France

  • Leading distributor of heating, plumbing and bathroom products in Switzerland
  • Building materials distributor in France

Revenue (9% of Group)

Trading profit

Trading margin

Business units



Key brands

Tobler logo Wasco logo
Silverwood logo Reseau Pro logo

5-year performance £m

Graphic: Central Europe 5 year performance bar chart: Revenue: 2010: 1,725, 2011: 1,755, 2012: 1,305, 2013: 1,228, 2014: 1,204. Trading profit: 2010: 97, 2011: 112, 2012: 93, 2013: 89, 2014: 80

Quarterly like-for-like revenue growth

Graphic: Central Europe like for like bar chart

Regional KPIs

  2014 2013
Like-for-like revenue growth (1.9)% (5.4)%
Trading margin 2.8% 3.7%


Business unit portfolio and profile

In Central Europe and France, we operate four business units across Switzerland, the Netherlands and France. The business primarily serves the residential RMI and residential new construction markets.

Revenue by market sector

Graphic: Central Europe revenue by market driver pie chart: Residential new construction: 36%, Residential RMI: 31%, Non-residential new construction: 19%, Non-residential RMI: 11%, Civil infrastructure: 3%

  • 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, generating a substantial proportion of its sales online.

    Market position

    contribution to ongoing 2013/14 revenue

  • Wasco (Netherlands)

    The main brand in the Netherlands is Wasco, a distributor of heating, plumbing and spare parts. Wasco primarily serves large regional and national contractors, as well as small installers.

    14 %
    contribution to ongoing 2013/14 revenue

  • Wood Solutions (France)

    The primary operating brand of the wood solutions business in France is Silverwood which is the market leader in specialist sawn and processed woods. The wood solutions business in France also includes a structural wood business which manufactures trusses and other carpentry systems.

    Market position

    contribution to ongoing 2013/14 revenue

  • Building materials (France)

    The building materials business in France comprises of Réseau Pro, which sells building materials, roofing, insulation, timber and flooring, and Panofrance, focused on timber, panels and interior design.

    Market position

    contribution to ongoing 2013/14 revenue

Regional profile PDF

Download the latest Central Europe and France profile


Figures are for the year ended 31 July 2014