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SAO PAULO, April 24 (Reuters) - Brazil's Fibria Celulose SA, , the world's largest producer of eucalyptus pulp, on Friday posted a first-quarter net loss of 566 million reais ($190 million), down from a net profit of 19 million reais a year earlier.
The loss was smaller than the 833 million reais shortfall that analysts forecast on average in a Reuters survey.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, a gauge of operating profit known as EBITDA, rose 48 percent to 1.007 billion reais, adjusting for non-recurring and non-cash items, above an average forecast of 931 million reais.
$1 = 2.98 Brazilian reais Reporting by Priscila Jordao Editing by W Simon