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TABLE-Qatar trade surplus jumps by over a third in December

Jan 27 (Reuters) - Qatar's trade surplus last month expanded by over a third from a year earlier, according to data published on Saturday by the Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics. Exports of petroleum gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons rose 21.2 percent to 14.34 billion riyals ($3.94 billion).

QATAR FOREIGN TRADE 12/17 11/17 12/16 Exports (mln riyals, FOB) 25,905 21,773 19,257 Imports (CIF) 11,007 8,938 8,548 Balance 14,898 12,835 10,709

DYNAMICS (pct yr/yr change in riyal terms)

Exports 34.5 15.9 Imports 28.8 -2.0 Balance 39.1 32.9

NOTE: FOB - free on board, CIF - cost, insurance and freight. Auto imports plunged 44.7 percent from a year earlier to 381 million riyals in December because of the embargo imposed on Qatar by other Arab states, which has disrupted shipments from Dubai, the regional hub for auto trade.

(Reporting by Andrew Torchia; Editing by Mark Potter)