Nov 23 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's main stock index closed lower
on Monday, dragged down by industrials and healthcare companies.
** The CSE All Share Index ended 0.21% lower at
6,072.07. It edged up 0.04% last week, marking its third
straight weekly gain.
** Sri Lanka's national consumer price inflation rose 5.5%
year-on-year in October compared to a 6.4% rise in the previous
month, statistics department data showed on Monday.
** Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's finance minister, Mahinda
Rajapaksa, while presenting the 2021 annual budget last week,
said the island nation aimed to more than halve its fiscal
deficit over the medium term.
** Liquor maker Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka PLC
and oil plantation investor Carson Cumberbatch PLC
were the top drags, falling 2.4% and 3.7%
** Trading volume on the benchmark index fell to 39 million
from 51.1 million in the previous session.
** Foreign investors were net sellers, offloading 62.2
million Sri Lankan rupees ($335,853.13) worth of shares,
according to exchange data.
** Equity market turnover was 1.24 billion rupees, data
** The Sri Lankan rupee was last quoted at 185.20
against the U.S. dollar.
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($1 = 185.2000 Sri Lankan rupees)
(Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru;
Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)