Wolseley Organic Sales Up 2.2% in First Half Fiscal 2013

Chief Executive Ian Meakins said strong U.S. growth continued.

European distributor Wolseley plc reported total sales for the first half ended Jan. 31, 2013, of £6.3 billion (US$8.1 billion), a decrease of 8.3 percent from the first half of 2012. Like-for-like sales increased 2.2 percent. Total trading profit increased 4.5 percent to £324 million (US$416.9 million).

Revenue for Ferguson, Wolseley's U.S. business, was 8.3 percent ahead on a like-for-like basis, including price inflation of 1 percent. The RMI segment remained resilient and the recovery in levels of new construction continued. Major business units of Blended Branches, Waterworks and B2C continued to gain market share.

In Canada like-for-like revenue was 2.3 percent ahead including price inflation of 1 percent. The growth rate slowed in the second quarter as new residential construction volumes fell, though industrial infrastructure investment continued to grow in the regions.

Revenue in the ongoing UK business was flat in a declining market. The heating market was down substantially, but Wolseley reported improved market share. The impact of price inflation was negligible.

In the Nordic region like-for-like revenue was down 6.2 percent including 1 percent inflation, as construction markets and consumer sentiment weakened significantly across the region.

Revenue in France fell 10.4 percent on a like-for-like basis including approximately 1 percent inflation as conditions in the construction market deteriorated sharply.

In Central Europe like-for-like revenue was 1.2 percent ahead of last year with no significant price inflation. Switzerland and the Netherlands grew modestly and Austria was flat.

“We will invest in growth opportunities where they are available and maintain tight control of the cost base in Europe, whilst implementing the strategic proposals we have outlined in France,” Ian Meakins, chief executive, said.

About the Author
Recommended Reading
Leave a Reply

Leave a Comment

Sign Up for the MDM Update Newsletter

The MDM update newsletter is your best source for news and trends in the wholesale distribution industry.

Subscribe to continue reading

MDM Premium Subscribers get:

  • Unlimited access to MDM.com
  • 1 year digital subscription, with new issues twice a month
  • Trends analysis, market data and quarterly economic updates
  • Deals on select store products and events

2

articles left

Want more Premium content from MDM?

Subscribe today and get:

  • New issues twice each month
  • Unlimited access to mdm.com, including 10+ years of archived data
  • Current trends analysis, market data and economic updates
  • Discounts on select store products and events

1

article
left

You have one free article remaining

Subscribe to MDM Premium to get unlimited access. Your subscription includes:

  • Two new issues a month
  • Access to 10+ years of archived data on mdm.com
  • Quarterly economic updates, trends analysis and market data
  • Store and event discounts

To continue reading, you must be an MDM Premium subscriber.

Join other distribution executives who use MDM Premium to optimize their business. Our insights and analysis help you enter the right new markets, turbocharge your sales and marketing efforts, identify business partners that help you scale, and stay ahead of your competitors.