Jan 7 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares closed at a more than
five-year high on Thursday, recording gains for an eighth
straight session, driven by a rally in consumer staples.
* The CSE All Share Index ended up 0.87% at 7,097.84,
its highest closing level since October 2015.
* The index gained 10.5% in 2020, its best performance since
* Trading volume on the index rose to 1 billion on Thursday
from 760.1 million in the previous session.
* Browns Investments Plc and Lanka ORIX Leasing
Company PLC were top gainers on the index, closing
19.3% and 7.7% higher.
* Foreign investors were net sellers, offloading 374.7
million Sri Lankan rupees ($2.00 million) worth of shares,
according to exchange data.
* The Sri Lankan rupee was last quoted at 187
against the U.S. dollar as of 1143 GMT, according to Refinitiv
* Equity market turnover was about 9.1 billion rupees,
exchange data showed.
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($1 = 187.0000 Sri Lankan rupees)
(Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; editing by