Sri Lankan shares end higher as industrials, consumer staples gain

July 29 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares closed higher on Thursday, boosted by gains in industrials and consumer staples stocks.

* The CSE All-Share index settled up 0.54% at 8,140.76.

* Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka and conglomerate Melstacorp Plc were among the top boosts to the index, adding 3.1% and 3.5%, respectively.

* The island nation reported here 1,940 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing its total confirmed cases to 301,832, while deaths rose by 63 to a total of 4,258.

* Data here from Johns Hopkins showed the country had fully vaccinated about 8.65% of its population so far.

* Trading volume on the exchange rose to 142.3 million shares from 75.1 million shares in the previous session.

* Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market, offloading shares worth 213.6 million rupees ($1.07 million), exchange data showed here.

* The equity market’s turnover was 2.49 billion rupees, the exchange data further showed.

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$1 = 199.0000 Sri Lankan rupees Reporting by Rama Venkat in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber