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DIOR’S DIGS: Christian Dior’s Bal Harbour, Fla., store is getting a facelift. The company will begin renovating and expanding the 2,000-square-foot boutique in the Bal Harbour Shops this summer. “The growth in business has been phenomenal — we were fortunate to have adjacent space become available to enable us to expand,” said Marla Sabo, president and chief operating officer of Christian Dior Inc. The space will increase to 3,000 square feet and will reflect the same design concept as the Paris flagship on Avenue Montaigne.

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WOOLLY MATTER: A Senate panel approved a miscellaneous trade bill Thursday that creates a Wool Trust Fund in the Commerce Department to provide grants to help boost business for U.S. wool textile makers. The legislation also contains a change to a 2000 trade bill granting U.S. duty-free breaks to African and Caribbean Basin apparel, stipulating that knit-to-shape apparel using U.S. yarn but produced in the regions are granted duty-free status.

ANOTHER BANKRUPTCY BILL: Maybe the fourth time is the charm. The National Retail Federation on Thursday praised reintroduction in the House of bankruptcy reform legislation. Three recent attempts — even after House and Senate hearings and passage — have failed after getting bogged down in last-minute wrangling between the two chambers. Retailers argue that bankruptcy reform legislation creating a means test for repaying creditors is needed.