NEW YORK — Sara Lee Corp. is getting closer to spinning off its branded apparel business to stockholders.

The spin-off of Hanesbrands Inc. is expected to happen this summer, the company said in a statement Wednesday. The business, which includes brands such as Hanes, Champion, Playtex, Bali, Just My Size, Barely There and Wonderbra, added $4.7 billion in net sales to Sara Lee’s top line in 2005.

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