IN BRIEF : Grand Met Finishes Pillsbury Deal

<i> From Times staff and wire service reports </i>

Grand Metropolitan PLC has completed its tender offer to acquire Pillsbury Co. common stock at $66 per share for a total value of about $5.7 billion, the British conglomerate said today.

About 98.7% of the 85.8 million outstanding Pillsbury shares had been accepted for payment by Grand Met after completion of the tender offer Tuesday, Grand Met said.

Grand Met, a distilling and retailing giant, acquired the Minneapolis-based food and restaurant company last month after nearly three months of negotiations and court hearings.