Sri Lanka shares end higher as consumer staples, financials gain

Jan 29 () – Sri Lankan closed higher on Wednesday, helped by gains in consumer staples and financial stocks. ** The benchmark Sri Lankan stock index closed up 0.87% at 5936.30 points. ** Shares of Ceylon Tobacco rose 1.85% and was the biggest boost on the index. ** Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market, selling 726.1 million Sri Lankan rupees ($4.00 million) worth of shares. ** The Sri Lankan rupee was last quoted at 181.4 against the U.S. dollar as of 12:31 GMT, up 0.03% from the previous session’s close of 181.45, according to Refinitiv data. ** Equity market turnover was 1.12 billion Sri Lankan rupees, stock exchange data showed. ** For a report on global markets, click ** For a report on major currencies, click ($1 = 181.3500 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Philip George in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel)Our Standards:The Thomson Trust Principles.