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Brazilian brewer Ambev Q2 profit up 8.5%, beats forecasts

SAO PAULO, July 25 (Reuters) - Brazilian beverages firm Ambev SA reported a better-than-expected 8.5% rise in second-quarter net profit on Thursday, helped mostly by lower financial expenses.

The Latin American unit of Anheuser Busch InBev said total net income reached 2.616 billion reais ($693.42 million), ahead of a consensus estimate of 2.286 billion reais ($606.58 million) compiled by Refinitiv.

In adjusted terms, net profit grew 16% to 2.712 billion reais.

($1 = 3.7726 reais) (Reporting by Gabriela Mello, editing by Deepa Babington)