COLOMBO, Dec 9 (Reuters) - The Sri Lankan rupee ended steady
on Monday at more than a six-week closing high, surrendering
early gains as late importer dollar demand outpaced greenback
inflows from inward remittances, dealers said.
The spot rupee ended at 130.80/81 per dollar,
hovering near its highest close since Oct. 25 and hardly changed
from Friday's close. It has gained nearly 0.4 percent in six
straight sessions though Friday.
Currency dealers said trading was dull as most of the
traders were in a holiday mood and the central bank's policy
rates decision had no impact on the currency.
The central bank kept key policy interest rates steady as
expected, saying the outlook for inflation remained favourable.
Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said last week
that the rupee was expected to remain steady at current levels
with most inflows being remittances.
Currency dealers said the rupee was facing upward pressure
as expatriates were sending money for their families ahead of
Christmas and the New Year.
The rupee has gained 3.4 percent since it hit a record low
of 135.20 on Aug. 28.
(Reporting by Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal; Editing by