March 13 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan markets closed lower on Friday for a second straight session, pulled down by consumer staples and financial companies.
** The benchmark stock index closed 2.89% lower at 4,874.73. It lost 8.8% this week, and is down 20.5% so far this year.
** Conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc and retail-to-financial services holding company C T Holdings Plc were the biggest drags on the CSE index, falling 3.7% and 16.8%, respectively.
** Foreign investors were net sellers, offloading 294.6 mln Sri Lankan rupees ($1.60 mln) worth of shares, according to exchange data.
** The Sri Lankan rupee was last quoted at 184.25 against the U.S. dollar as of 12:30 GMT, 0.74% lower for the day compared with last session’s close of 182.9, according to Refinitiv data.
** Equity market turnover was 1.05 bln rupees, data showed.
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