Australian refiner and transport fuel marketer Ampol returned to a profit in July-September after a steep loss in the previous quarter thanks to an improved performance at its fuel retailing business.

Ampol, formerly known as Caltex Australia, reported a net profit on a replacement cost of sales operating profit basis of A$129mn ($91mn) in the latest quarter, after making a net loss of A$597mn in April-June.

The return to profitability came despite a widening loss at the company’s 109,000 b/d Lytton refinery in Queensland.

Ampol said its fuels and infrastructure group, ex-Lytton refinery, was affected by Covid-19 restrictions imposed by Australia and internationally.

Australian diesel sales volumes fell by 10pc in July-September compared with the same period a year earlier, while gasoline volumes dropped 14pc and jet fuel volumes were down by 64pc because of the impact of domestic and international travel restrictions, Ampol said, without giving details.

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