Sri Lankan shares closed higher on Monday for an eighth session in nine, helped by gains in financials and industrial stocks.
* The CSE All-Share Index ended up 0.32% at 7,591.90.
* Financial services company Central Finance Company Plc and liquor products distiller and manufacturer Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka Plc were the top boosts to the index, rising 13.9% and 2.5%, respectively.
* Sri Lanka has reported 205,333 total confirmed coronavirus cases, as of Monday, and 1,696 deaths, according to health ministry data.
* On Sunday, the island nation received a million more doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine.
* Trading volume rose to 114.9 million from 96.3 million in the previous session.
* Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market, offloading shares worth 108.4 million rupees ($551,653.94), according to exchange data.
* The Sri Lankan rupee was last quoted at 196.5 against the U.S. dollar, as of 1326 GMT, 0.25% stronger for the day compared to last session's close of 197, according to Refinitiv data.
* Equity market turnover was 2.10 billion rupees, exchange data showed.
($1 = 196.5000 Sri Lankan rupees)
(Reporting by Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru and Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu) ((AnuronKumar.Mitra@thomsonreuters.com; +91 99863 58469;))