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Sri Lankan bourse slips to 3-week low; rupee up

COLOMBO, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan stocks edged down onMonday to their lowest in nearly three weeks in thin volume asinvestors booked profits in banking and beverage shares ahead oftheir September quarter results. The rupee gained asbanks sold dollars.

The Colombo Stock Exchange's main index ended 0.55percent, or 32.52 points, weaker at 5,847.17, its lowest levelsince Sept. 19.

Turnover was 434.9 million rupees ($4.27 million), wellbelow half of this year's daily average of 960 million rupees.

The bourse saw a net foreign outflow of 138.3 millionrupees. However, foreigners have been net buyers to the tune of32.39 billion rupees this year.

The rupee closed slightly firmer at 128.25/35 to the dollarcompared with Friday's close of 128.40/50 as banks sold the U.S.unit, dealers said.($1 = 128.4000 Sri Lanka rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by RobertBirsel)

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