Australian retail company Super Retail Group has reported sales of $1.7bn for the first half (H1) of the financial year 2022 (FY22), excluding 26 December. 

The figure is 4% lower than the sales performance the company recorded in the first half of FY21 but 18.1% higher than that of H1 2020. 

During the 26 weeks to 25 December, Super Retail Group registered a 64% increase in online sales to $389m, which represented 23% of the company’s total sales. 

The company’s Click and Collect sales rose by 109% to $226m and its home delivery sales also increased by 26%, with more than one million home delivery orders completed in the period. 

Super Retail Group’s gross margin for the six-month period was 46.7% higher than pre-Covid levels after reporting a ‘strong’ rebound in the second quarter of the year. 

The company saw a like-for-like sales growth of 3.6% in the final ten weeks of the first half. 

Its net profit after tax was down by 35.9% to $110.8m, while sales grew 6% across all its businesses in January. 

Super Retail Group CEO and managing director Anthony Heraghty said: “We are pleased to have delivered a strong top-line sales performance in the first half, despite the challenges of Omicron and a disrupted global supply chain. 

“After Covid-19 lockdowns disrupted trade in the first quarter, we delivered a fast finish to the half, achieving a record second-quarter sales result.  

“We entered the second half with strong sales momentum, which has continued in the new calendar year.  

“Looking forward, the group will continue to reinvest in the business, including digital, loyalty and network to execute our strategic priorities and grow our four core brands.” 

Super Retail Group expanded its store network by opening 15 stores and carrying out 28 store refurbishments and relocations in H1. 

The company owns Supercheap Auto, Rebel Sports, Rebel Fit, BCF and Macpac.