Sri Lankan shares end slightly lower as consumer stocks weigh

Dec 21 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares ended marginally lower on Tuesday, weighed down by consumer discretionary stocks, though gains in financial companies limited the losses.

* The CSE All-Share index ended 0.08% lower at 11,640.91 points.

* Financial company LOLC Development Finance and beer brewer and marketer Ceylon Beverage Holdings were the top two drags on the index, falling 9.8% and 14.9%, respectively.

* Financial services provider Senkadagala Finance and conglomerate LOLC Holdings were the top boosts to the index, gaining 25% and 1.5%, respectively.

* The equity market's turnover was 4.02 billion rupees ($19.90 million), according to stock exchange data https://www.cse.lk/pages/daily-market-summary/daily-market-summary.component.html.

* Trading volume fell to 181.5 million shares from 239.9 million shares in the previous session.

* Foreign investors were net buyers in the equity market, picking up shares worth 75.2 million rupees, as per exchange data.

* The central bank on Monday said Sri Lanka's October trade deficit narrowed to $495 million from $509 million in October last year

* The statistics department on Tuesday said Sri Lanka's national consumer price inflation rose 11.1% year-over-year in Novemeber vs an 8.3% rise a month ago.

* The island-nation reported 524 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 580,209, while deaths rose by 19 to 14,771, data from the country's health bureau showed https://bit.ly/3rFnGyb.

* About 63.34% of the country's population has been fully vaccinated, according to data from Johns Hopkins University https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/region/sri-lanka.

* For a report on global markets, click ($1 = 202.0000 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru)

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