SYDNEY, AAP – Super Retail Group, which owns BCF and Supercheap Auto, has reported a first-half profit increase of 201 per cent as Australians looked for leisure alternatives to travel during the pandemic.

The company, which includes sports chain Rebel and outdoor clothing chain Macpac, on Wednesday reported net profit after tax of $172.8 million.

Shareholders will receive an interim payout of 33 cents per share, fully franked. This was better than the previous fully franked interim dividend of 21.5 cents per share.

The company also said it will return $1.7 million in JobKeeper wage support to the federal government.

Shares were lower by 0.17 per cent to $11.56 at 1410 AEDT.