Dec 24 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares closed higher on
Thursday, rising for an eighth straight week, in a broad rally
led by consumer staples stocks.
* The benchmark stock index ended up 0.9% at
6,685.64. It is up 9.1% so far this year.
* Trading volume on the CSE All Share Index was 67.82
million compared to 94.03 million a day earlier.
* Ceylon Tobacco Company Plc and Nestle Lanka Plc
were the biggest boosts to the index, ending up 2.8%
and 4.1%, respectively.
* Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market,
offloading 80.51 million rupees ($424,630.80) worth of shares,
according to exchange data.
* The Sri Lankan rupee was quoted at 189.4 against
the U.S. dollar as of 10:45 GMT, 0.32% stronger for the day
compared to last session's close of 190, according to Refinitiv
data. The currency is down 4.47% so far this year.
* Equity market turnover was 2.75 billion Sri Lankan rupees,
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($1 = 189.6000 Sri Lankan rupees)
(Reporting by Vibhuti Sharma in Bengaluru;
Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)