Sri Lanka's central bank on Friday said provisional figures showed the country’s textile and garment sector enjoyed a 17 per cent year-on-year rise in exports in October.

Bank chiefs said the rise was the combined effect of a 14 per cent increase in volume and a two per cent increase in unit prices.

Clothing and textiles are the island's largest export income earner and helped the country record flat export earnings of $408 million for the month.