July 17 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares ended higher on
Friday, led by gains in industrial and financial stocks.
** The benchmark CSE All Share Index closed up 0.71%
at 4,988.50 on Friday, but still posted its third straight
weekly loss of 0.1%.
** Boosting the index conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc
and cigarette maker Ceylon Tobacco Plc gained
1.5% and 1%, respectively.
** Foreign investors were net sellers, offloading 454.8
million Sri Lankan rupees ($2.45 million) worth of shares,
according to exchange data.
** Trading volume rose to 35.4 million from 30.5 million in
the previous session, while equity market turnover was about
932.4 million rupees.
** The Sri Lankan rupee was last quoted at 185.70
against the dollar as of 1258 GMT, unchanged from the previous
session's close of 185.70.
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($1 = 185.7000 Sri Lankan rupees)
(Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy