Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Wholesale On A Fee Or Contract Basis
46.13 - Agents involved in the sale of timber and building materials

2,300 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
18 November 2008
Employment effect (start)
18 November 2008
Foreseen end date
31 March 2008


Wolseley, a retailer that sells plumbing and building supplies, has announced that it is to close around 200 of its 1700 UK branches with the loss of 2300 jobs. The company attributed the cuts to the slowdown in housebuilding, and stated that the jobs would be cut “in the next few months”. As of 23 October 2008, no further information is available concerning which stores across the UK will close.


  • 18 November 2008: The Guardian
  • 18 November 2008: Financial Times
  • 18 November 2008: BBC News


Eurofound (2008), Wolseley, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 67427, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67427.