Business Diary: Contrite Grainger sobers up

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If Grainger Games did retailing like they spoiled the Games Media Awards this week, they would probably be the world's greatest retailer.

The games seller rocked up at the UK awards with a posse of bikini-clad models, midgets, a huge Hummer car and some branded condoms, which were liberally dispersed. Some of Grainger's staff got hammered and behaved obnoxiously. On its website, Grainger said: "We wholeheartedly apologise if we offended anyone at last night's GMAs. We never intended to upset anybody."

Upmarket store set to widen appeal

Selfridges shoppers who find its Armani, Gucci or Prada lines too expensive will now be able to buy more affordable items in store at...Primark. The discount fashion outlet is to open a 1,000 square foot concession in the retailer's Birmingham store on Monday and will open another in Selfridges' Manchester branch next month. No wonder they call the retailer Primarni.

Headhunters rue missed gig

Headhunters must rue the day they missed out on the gig for Mitchells & Butlers, the pub and restaurant group. This is because M&B this week revealed that Jeremy Blood, its interim chief executive, was leaving. The departure of Mr Blood is the ninth change in a chief executive or chairman in the last four years, delivering huge fees for its headhunters. If you see folk from Korn/Ferry Whitehead Mann driving around in Ferraris you will know why.

Pink 'un spoof hacks off IT firm

Those cheeky folk at Alphaville, the FT's live-blogging site, caused a stir yesterday with a spoof story that their site had been hacked by Occupy London, the group behind the anti-capitalist protests outside St Paul's Cathedral. This apparently caused "a huge panic round at Assanka", Alphaville's software provider. The FT later confessed it was an "immature thing to do".