GRAINS-Soybeans set for 3rd week of gains on demand boost

* CBOT soybeans edge higher on Friday, up 2.4 pct this week

* Record China imports for August show brisk soybean demand

* Corn and wheat steady after losses on Thursday

(Updates with European trading, changes byline/dateline) PARIS/SINGAPORE, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Chicago soybean futures edged higher on Friday to keep the market on track for a third week of gains, supported by upbeat export sentiment and doubts over crop conditions in the run-up to the U.S. harvest. China, the world's largest soybean buyer, imported 8.45 million tonnes of soybeans in August, a record for the month, figures from the General Administration of Customs of China showed. The news underlined brisk recent demand from China that has offset supply pressure after a record Brazilian harvest this year. The market will receive a fresh indication of export demand from weekly U.S. export sales data later on Friday. The most active soybean contract on the Chicago Board Of Trade was up 0.4 percent at $9.72-1/2 a bushel by 1215 GMT. This put it up 2.4 percent over the week after a series of gains that lifted it to a four-week high of $9.77-1/2 on Thursday. "Soybeans are likely to get even firmer as China's demand is surprising," said Ole Houe, an analyst with brokerage IKON Commodities in Sydney. "They are having a solid pace of imports, it is not just beans, even feed grains." Concerns that Hurricane Irma will damage crops in southern U.S. states such as Georgia and North Carolina supported soybeans, adding to uncertainty after recent dry weather in larger Midwest production zones. Wheat inched up 0.2 percent to $4.38-1/4 a bushel after a 2 percent decline in the previous session. Corn added 0.4 percent to $3.56-3/4, having also fallen sharply on Thursday. Corn has been under pressure from expectations of a bumper U.S. harvest. U.S. futures drew broad support from a falling dollar as the euro climbed to a 2-1/2 year high gainst the U.S. currency.

Prices at 1215 GMT

Last Change Pct End 2016 Ytd Pct Move Move CBOT wheat 438.25 1.00 0.23 408.00 7.41 CBOT corn 356.75 1.50 0.42 352.00 1.35 CBOT soy 972.50 3.75 0.39 1004.00 -3.14 Paris wheat Dec 159.75 -0.50 -0.31 175.00 -8.71 Paris maize Nov 158.00 -1.25 -0.78 170.00 -7.06 Paris rape Nov 362.50 -2.50 -0.68 383.25 -5.41 WTI crude oil 48.95 -0.14 -0.29 53.72 -8.88 Euro/dlr 1.21 0.00 0.31

Most active contracts - Wheat, corn and soy US cents/bushel, Paris futures in euros per tonne

(Reporting by Naveen Thukral in Singpore and Gus Trompiz in Paris; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell and David Goodman)