Garment and textile exports from the Philippines plunged nearly nine per cent year-on-year in the first eight months of 2002 to $1.9 billion, new figures released by trade chiefs showed on Thursday. Statistics from the Garments and Textile Export Board revealed exports to the key US market slumped 11.9 per cent to $1.4bn but exports to the EU rose about four per cent to $220.6 million.