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By Newsfeed/Reuters

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian telecommunications firm Oi SA reported a quarterly net profit of R$679 (US$170) million, 20 times of what it did a year earlier, as interest expenses fell sharply.

Oi said the reduction in financial expenses reflected the agreement with creditors in an in-court reorganization of the company.

Recurring Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) increased by 3.5 percent in the first quarter to R$1.6 billion. Including one-time items, EBITDA rose 42 percent to R$2.2 billion.

Oi's total debt at the end . . .

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