NEW YORK — Sara Lee Corp.’s Intimates and Underwear unit managed a hefty increase in operating profit in the fourth quarter and nearly matched year-ago sales levels despite the divestiture of numerous businesses.

Separately, Sara Lee chief executive officer Steven McMillan endorsed the new federal law requiring ceo’s and chief financial officers to certify annual and quarterly results and said he and Sara Lee cfo Theo de Kool will be doing so when Sara Lee’s Form 10-K is filed on or about Sept. 27. "We strongly believe that it is incumbent upon today’s business leaders to work vigorously to restore investor confidence in this volatile marketplace," McMillan said in a statement.

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