UK-based Wolseley plc has started a fundamental review" of Stock Building Supply's impact on its overall results, which continued to suffer due to the struggling housing market in the U.S. The company may sell the unit.
In the year ended July 31, 2008, Wolseley, a global building materials and plumbing/HVAC distributor, closed 270 branches and reduced headcount by 7,100. Of those 270, 36 were at Stock and 123 were from Ferguson. Of the 7,100, 3,150 were from Stock, and 2,250 from Ferguson.
Since July 31, the company has reduced headcount by an additional 600.
"Financial discipline in terms of cost reduction and cash flow enhancement remains our primary focus to ensure the group remains compliant with our banking covenants and is well positioned for any ...