February 6, 2020 / 2:02 PM / 12 days ago

Sri Lanka shares rise as consumer staples gain

Feb 6 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares rose on Thursday, lifted by gains in consumer staple companies.

** Shares of Nestle Lanka Plc rose 3.9% and Dialog Axiata gained 2.4% and were the biggest boosts to the main index.

** The benchmark Sri Lankan stock index closed up 0.10% at 5948.27 points.

** Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market, selling 278.8 million Sri Lankan rupees ($1.54 million) worth of shares.

** Equity market turnover was 570.1 million Sri Lankan rupees, stock exchange data showed.

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** For a report on major currencies, click ($1 = 181.3000 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Philip George in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel)

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