Sri Lankan shares end lower as consumer, telecom losses weigh

Aug 28 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares closed lower for a fourth session on Friday, dragged down by losses in communication services and consumer staples stocks.

** The benchmark CSE All Share Index closed 0.23% lower at 5,320.87. The index posted a weekly loss of 1.14%

** C T Holdings Plc shed 3.2%, while communication services provider Dialog Axiata Plc fell about 0.9%, among the session’s top drags.

** Trading volume on the CSE All Share Index fell to 40.8 million, from 50.8 million in the previous session.

** Foreign investors were net sellers, offloading 364.7 million Sri Lankan rupees ($1.96 million) worth of shares.

** Equity market turnover was 1.04 billion Sri Lankan rupees, exchange data showed.

** The Sri Lankan rupee was last quoted at 186.30 against the dollar, according to Refinitiv data.

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