UPDATE 1-China iron ore imports rise 8 pct in Feb on year-customs
(Adds analyst comment, background, coal and steel data)
* Jan-Feb iron ore imports rise 6.4 pct to 155.8 mln T
* Top miners lift shipments to boost China market share
* Jan-Feb coal imports fall 10.2 pct to 28.77 mln T
* Jan-Feb steel exports fall 1.3 pct to 17.85 mln T
By Ruby Lian and Manolo Serapio Jr
SHANGHAI/MANILA, March 8 (Reuters) - China's iron ore imports rose 8.3 percent to 73.61 million tonnes in February from a year ago, customs data showed on Tuesday, as top miners boosted shipments to gain more market share in the world's top consumer.
Imports jumped 6.4 percent to 155.8 million tonnes over the first two months from a year ago, data from the General Administration of Customs showed.
Global miners Vale, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have ramped up production, edging out higher-cost miners in China and elsewhere. Continuación...