Building and plumbing products distributor Wolseley has paid £36 million for six companies in Europe and the United States.
Wolseley said it expected the acquisitions, made through various group subsidiaries, to add about £90 million in additional revenue in a full year.
It said it completed three of the deals towards the end of the year to July 31 and three in the financial year beginning August 1.
The group said it had bought three American businesses including certain assets of Martin Architectural Products, the assets of Water Works Supplies and most of the assets of plumbing and heating distributor Palermo Supply, Palermo Plumbing Center and Palermo Wholesale Supply.
In Europe, Wolseley said it had acquired French heavy products distributor Depont Materiaux, Belgian steel pipe distributor Marmon Keystone Anbuma and building and paving materials distributor Lunts Heath, of Widnes, Cheshire.
Wolseley group chief executive Chip Hornsby said the new bolt-on acquisitions would be integrated quickly into existing operations and would deliver value immediately.
"We have had a record year for acquisitions in 2006, spending £910 million, and I am pleased to confirm the pipeline for 2007 continues to look encouraging," he said.
Wolseley has more than 70,000 employees operating in 14 countries, including 1,670 branches in the UK. Revenues for the year to July 31 last year were about £11.3 billion with operating profits reaching £708 million.
In the Midlands the company has nearly 400 people at its offices in Leamington Spa, which will also soon be the site for its national distribution centre employing a further 150.