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Meyer International, the builders merchant with 539 UK outlets, is to be acquired by Saint Gobain of France for £1.04bn.
Meyer International is to acquire Graham Group, the builders' merchant, for £269m, which will lead to the loss of about 150 administrative jobs.
Meyer International has acquired Tudor, the tile distribution company, in a £12m deal.
Meyer International has acquired RentX Industries, the US tool hire company, for £61m, and has also announced plans to launch a catalogue in the UK in October in order to reach new customers.
Meyer International has sold Pont Meyer, its Dutch building materials division, to William Pont of the Netherlands for £56m.
Meyer Group has sold a number of timber businesses to a management team trading as Palgrave Brown for £10m.
Meyer International is selling its Montague L Meyer wood wholesaling business to management for up to £40m, and it has also sold a Dutch DIY business for £34m and a UK supplier of timber frames for £0.6m.
Meyer International is acquiring 22 tool-hire and catering equipment hire branches from Torex for £10m.
Meyer International is acquiring Harcros, the builders' merchant, from Harrisons & Crosfield for over £300m, making it the largest builders' merchant in the UK.
Meyer International, the building materials concern, is selling its German operation and buying K&B Forest Products from Harrisons & Crosfield.