Figures released by the Garments Textile and Export Board (GTEB) yesterday showed that the Philippines has shipped out a total of $2.7bn of garments by the end of October this year, an increase by 12 per cent compared with the same period in 1999.The United States was the biggest consumer, with garment exports amounting to $2.01bn, a 10.03 per cent increase from last year. Canada bought $58.7m, an increase by 30 per cent.