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SAO PAULO, May 8 (Reuters) - TIM Participaçoes SA , Brazil's second-largest wireless phone company, on Thursday posted a 22 percent rise in first-quarter profit from a year earlier to 372 million reais($168 million), according to a securities filing.
Net income was slightly above an average forecast of 366 million reais in a Reuters poll of analysts.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, a gauge of operating profit known as EBITDA, rose 8 percent to 1.317 billion reais, just above an average estimate of 1.299 billion reais.
$1 = 2.21 Brazilian reais Reporting by Brad Haynes