In the United States, Ferguson ended the year with sales of nearly $15 billion, an increase of 10.4 percent, which included price deflation of 0.5 percent mainly due to falling commodity prices in the first half.
Trading profits were 8.2 percent ahead of last year, and trading margin was 8 percent. The company grew 7.1 percent on a like-for-like basis, which measures growth of Ferguson’s existing stores or branches that have been open for at least one year, up three percent over the prior year.
Ferguson’s blended branches (locations that serve a mix of residential and commercial customers), Waterworks, HVAC and Fire and Fabrication all generated good growth and gained market share. Industrial revenues recovered after a weak first half. Build.com, the company’s B2C ecommerce business, continued to grow strongly throughout the year. Ferguson’s B2B and B2C online sales accounted for 22 percent of Ferguson’s revenue.
“Ferguson continues to outperform our markets by delivering world-class customer service,” said CEO Kevin Murphy. “We are incredibly proud of our strong finish. Our performance is the direct result of our associates going above and beyond to meet the needs of our customers.”
Ferguson closed on nine acquisitions this fiscal year:
Also in fiscal year 2017, Wolseley announced a name change to Ferguson plc and its intent to report in U.S. dollars beginning Aug. 1, 2018.