Malaysia September exports rise 2.0 pct y/y, below forecast

* Sept exports +2.0 pct y/y vs Reuters poll f'cast +2.70 pct

* Sept imports +1.1 pct y/y vs +8.80 pct f'cast

* Trade surplus 9.3 bln rgt vs f'cast 5.40 bln rgt surplus

* Exports to China down 8.4 pct y/y; to U.S up 16.2 pct

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Malaysia's exports in September rose 2.0

percent from a year earlier, supported by higher demand towards the year-end,

government data showed on Friday.

The rise was lower than the 2.70 percent median forecast in a Reuters poll.

Imports were up 1.1 percent from a year earlier while the country's trade

surplus for the month came in at 9.3 billion ringgit ($2.78 billion).

Exports of the country's mainstay electrical and electronic products grew by

5.3 percent. Exports of commodities such as palm oil and crude oil rose 15.8

percent and declined 9.0 percent, respectively.

Thirteen economists had forecast a trade surplus of 5.40 billion ringgit.

Exports to China declined 8.4 percent from a year earlier.

For a graphic on Malaysia's exports and imports, please click: http://link.reuters.com/xyb28s

KEY DATA

(Exports and imports in percent, trade in billions of ringgit)

Sept August July June May April March Feb

64.5 63.88 61.12 61.23 64.91 66.37 65.03 58.91

Exports

y/y % 2.0 1.7 0.6 7.9 16.3 18.9 8.4 12.3

55.2 60.02 57.48 57.26 59.19 57.50 55.43 48.48

Imports

y/y % 1.1 7.6 -0.7 9.2 11.9 5.0 0.5 9.5

9.3 3.86 3.64 3.97 5.7 8.9 9.6 10.4

Balance

MAIN EXPORTS

September 2014 % of % change

(bln rgt) total vs year ago

Electrical & Electronic Products 23.0 35.6 5.3

Palm oil 6.3 9.7 16.3

Liquefied natural gas 5.0 7.8 2.4

Chemicals and products 4.2 6.4 3.5

Crude oil 2.9 4.6 -9.0

Refined petroleum products 4.3 6.6 -15.1

Machinery 2.4 3.7 1.1

Rubber products 305.6 0.5 -50.7

EXPORT MARKETS

(bln rgt) % of total % yr/yr

China 8.0 12.4 -8.4

Singapore 8.9 13.9 8.7

Japan 6.5 10.1 -1.8

USA 5.7 8.8 16.2

Thailand 3.2 4.9 -14.1

(1 US dollar = 3.3460 Malaysian ringgit)

(Reporting by Trinna Leong and Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah; Editing by Jacqueline

Wong)