COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan rupee ended firmer on Monday as dollar selling by exporters and banks outpaced importer demand for the U.S. currency, dealers said.
The spot rupee ended at 152.45/55 per dollar, compared with Thursday’s close of 152.70/75. “There was selling today, lots of exporter conversions were there,” said a currency dealer, requesting anonymity. The rupee has been under pressure since January after the central bank stopped defending the currency and started buying dollars to build up the country’s depleted foreign currency reserves. The island nation had seen 27.5 billion rupees ($180.09 million) of net inflows into equities up to Thursday’s close, and 5.7 billion rupees worth inflows into government securities as of Aug. 23, official data showed.