(Reuters) – Brazilian wholesaler Assai posted on Monday fourth-quarter net income of 527 million reais ($103.26 million), beating estimates as store openings accelerated.Net income rose 76% from a year earlier, above a Refinitiv consensus of 315.33 million reais. Net revenue grew 8.1% to 11.55 billion reais. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose to 911 million reais, beating the Refinitiv forecast of 897 million reais. Brazil’s retail sector has been struggling with persistent inflation as higher prices have reduced purchasing power.

($1 = 5.1036 reais)

(Reporting by Carolina Pulice; Editing by Richard Chang)