WTO GROWS PAST A GROSS: Armenia became the 145th member of the World Trade Organization on Wednesday. The country is a small supplier of apparel and textiles to the U.S. For the year ending Nov. 30, imports from Armenia totaled 4.1 million square meters equivalent. The majority of imports from Armenia are man-made fiber apparel.

DIFFA’S KICKOFF: The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will open its annual Elle Décor Dining by Design exhibition to the public on Saturday and Sunday, when the public can view table designs by Preston Bailey for Taittinger, ABC home, Margaret Russell for Elle Décor, Colin Cowie, Armani Casa, Ralph Lauren Home, Crate & Barrel and Coach. The exhibition, at 311 West 34th Street in the Manhattan Center, will be open from noon to 6 p.m. each day.

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