Sara Lee Corporation today reported that sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2002, ending September 29, 2001, were $4.5 billion, up 1%, and diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $.26, a decrease of 10% compared to $.29 one year ago. All results exclude unusual items unless otherwise noted. In May 2000, Sara Lee Corporation announced a Reshaping program to focus the company's operations on three business segments - Food and Beverage, Intimates and Underwear, and Household Products - and a number of non-core business units were sold or exited during fiscal 2001 and fiscal 2002 in conjunction with this program. Excluding these divested businesses, sales increased 9% in the first quarter of fiscal 2002, reflecting the acquisition of The Earthgrains Company on August 7, 2001, combined with base business gains in Packaged Meats, Knit Products and Household Products.