Kenyan cbank says in repo market to mop up $77 mln

NAIROBI, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Kenya's central bank said onWednesday it was in the repurchase agreements (repo) market tomop up 6.5 billion shillings ($76.5 million) in excessliquidity.

The bank's continued liquidity soak-up activity has helpedthe shilling to stabilise against the dollar, which slidsharply in 2011 as inflation soared to a peak of 20 percent andthe central bank responded slowly.($1 = 85.0000 Kenyan shillings)

(Reporting by Kevin Mwanza; Editing by George Obulutsa)

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