The company continued to trade as Wolseley in the United Kingdom and Canada, until 2021 when Wolseley UK was sold to a private equity firm.
 Type: Public limited company; Traded as: NYSE: FERG, LSE: FERG; ISIN: JE00BJVNSS43; Industry: Building materials; Headquarters: St Helier, Jersey, (Registered Office),
Wokingham, England, (Corporate Headquarters); Key people: Geoff Drabble (Chairman), Kevin Murphy (CEO); Revenue: US$22.8 billion (2021); Operating income: US$2.0 billion (2021); Net income: US$1.5 billion (2021); Number of employees:
31,000 (2022); Subsidiaries: Ferguson Enterprises, Wolseley Limited History Wolseley The Wolseley business began in 1887 making sheep shearing machinery.
 In 1984, some of the manufacturing businesses were sold off, and since that time Wolseley has been mainly a distribution business.
 Following a 2016 restructuring of the UK business (based in Warwick in Warwickshire), most of the trading brands were renamed, and brought under the single brand of Wolseley.
In 1982, it entered the market in the United States by acquiring Ferguson Enterprises, a distributor of plumbing supplies, with around fifty branches on the East Coast of
the United States.
 The stock listing switched to new holding company Ferguson plc on 1 August 2017.
 Ferguson plc Wolseley announced it would rebrand as Ferguson effective 31 July 2017, because almost all of its business was now in the United States, in the name
of Ferguson Enterprises.
Wolseley moved into Europe, by buying French plumbing supplies business Brossette in February 1992.
Though the board did allow Austin to purchase some machinery to build cars, they decided around 1900, it was unlikely to be a profitable industry.
 Wolseley plc changed its name to Ferguson plc in March 2017, to reflect the primacy of its operations in the United States.
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