Consumer goods giant Sara Lee Corp yesterday [Thursday] announced a five per cent rise in second quarter sales to US$5bn compared to the year ago period, but said diluted earnings per share (EPS), excluding unusual items, fell 14% to US$.37. The company, whose products range from coffee to sausages and underwear, added that total sales for the first six months of fiscal 2002 reached US$9.5bn, up 3% over the same period a year ago.