Sales 2014

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A look at the five markets in Europe with the largest revenues yields the following ranking for 2014:

A look at the five markets in Europe with the largest revenues yields the following ranking for 2014:

In 1st place lies Germany with EUR 9.3 bn and Sonepar as its market leader, followed by France in 2nd place with EUR 6.1 bn, dominated by Sonepar and Rexel.

3rd place is occupied by Italy with EUR 5.2 bn, with the marketing associations Elex Italia (belongs to IMELCO) and Findea (belongs to IDEE) as market leaders; electrical wholesale groups play a subordiante role in Italy.

In 4th place there follows the United Kingdom with EUR 4.7 bn; here the market leaders are Rexel and Edmundson.

Russia comes in 5th place with EUR 4.3 bn, with the marketing association Russkiy Svet (belongs to FEGIME) as market leader, since as in Italy wholesale groups do not play a major role in Russia, either.

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The electrical wholesale trade in Germany made a combined turnover of almost exactly EUR 9.30 bn in 2014.

The electrical wholesale trade in Germany made a combined turnover of almost exactly EUR 9.30 bn in 2014.

The wholesale groups such as Sonepar and Rexel had a 34.62% share in this, with Sonepar with its various companies lying far ahead of Rexel (i.e. Hagemeyer Deutschland) on a pro rata basis.

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The members of America’s largest purchasing and marketing association Affiliated Distributors (AD) from Wayne/PA, managed to increase its turnover by 9%...........

The members of America’s largest purchasing and marketing association Affiliated Distributors (AD) from Wayne/PA, managed to increase its turnover by 9%...........

in the 2014 business year to a total of USD 31.2 bn (EUR 28.8 bn) (across all countries and all AD divisions, including electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, tubes, fittings and building materials).

The electrical division achieved an 8% increase in the USA and 9% in Canada; industry: plus 5%; sanitation: plus 8%; HVAC plus 9%; building materials: plus 16%.

This means that the AD members achieved above-average growth for the sector. In addition 83 new branches were opened, 23 new takeovers effected and 2,180 new employees taken on. 30 new members and 40 new suppliers were won, new programmes and services added, and last, but not least there was expansion into Mexico.

So below the line it was a real record year, as Bill Weisberg, the chairman and CEO of the association declared with satisfaction.

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Sonepar was able to raise its turnover again by a further 3% (without acquisitions) in the 2014 business year to EUR 17.18 bn.

Sonepar was able to raise its turnover again by a further 3% (without acquisitions) in the 2014 business year to EUR 17.18 bn.

This enabled the concern to improve its position slightly against Rexel, which made EUR 13.08 bn in 2014.

At the same time, turnover in Europe as a whole dropped by 1.8% to EUR 8.94 bn. North America rose by 6.6% to EUR 6.18 bn and in the Asia-Pacific region there was an 11.6% increase to EUR 1.56 bn.

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Schneider Electric managed to raise its annual turnover by 8.6% in 2014 from EUR 23,392 m in the prior year to a current figure of EUR 24,939 m.

Schneider Electric managed to raise its annual turnover by 8.6% in 2014 from EUR 23,392 m in the prior year to a current figure of EUR 24,939 m.

Net profits increased by 2.8% to EUR 1.94 bn and adjusted earnings before interest, tax and amortization (EBITA) grew by 3.2% to EUR 3.6 bn.

The outstanding event of last year was the takeover of its British rival Invensys for GBP 3.31 bn (EUR 4.51 bn), which enables Schneider to compete better with Siemens and Mitsubishi Electric.

For 2015 Schneider expects growth in the low single-figures. North America should make solid growth, and there is cautious optimism with regard to Europe. The emerging economies display a mixed picture, and things are likely to become difficult in Russia but there is likely to be an improvement in China over the course of the year.

By 2017 the group wants to save up to EUR 1.5 bn and at the same time sell off parts of the company which do not belong to its core business.

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Legrand generated a turnover of EUR 4,499.1 m in 2014, which represents a marginal growth rate of only 0.87% compared to the 2013 figure of EUR 4,460.4 m.

Legrand generated a turnover of EUR 4,499.1 m in 2014, which represents a marginal growth rate of only 0.87% compared to the 2013 figure of EUR 4,460.4 m.

There was equal satisfaction with the turnover trend in the USA and Canada (+2.2%) and with that in the new economies (e.g. Asia, India, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America) as well as some European countries, which were more than able to offset the drops in countries such as France (-3.3%) and Italy (-4.1%).

Operating profits of EUR 880.4 m were slightly below last year’s figure of EUR 882.3 m, and it was possible to reduce net liabilities by 11.5% in comparison with 2013 to EUR 856 m.

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