NEW YORK — The Intimates and Underwear division of Sara Lee Corp. managed higher operating profits on flat sales in the third quarter.

The Chicago-based consumer goods giant reported that, in the third quarter ended March 29, its apparel unit’s operating income advanced 10.8 percent to $185 million from $167 million in last year’s quarter. Excluding restructuring costs, currency fluctuation and income and costs from closed, sold and acquired businesses, operating profits would have been $179 million versus $165 million, an 8.5 percent increase. Sales were unchanged at $1.5 billion in both years’ quarters.

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