REUTERS: The Sri Lankan rupee closed slightly weaker yesterday as importer dollar demand from foreign banks surpassed the exporter greenback sales, dealers said.
The spot rupee ended at 152.80/90 per dollar, compared with Tuesday’s close of 152.75/82.
“Today there were some demand from foreign banks probably to settle some import bills,” 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 has seen Rs.27.6 billion of net inflow into equities up to yesterday’s close, and Rs.5.7 billion worth inflows into government securities as of August 23, official data showed.