Sara Lee Corporation Declares 264th Consecutive Quarterly Dividend

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.-( Business Wire )-

Sara Lee Corp.’s (NYSE: SLE) board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of $.115 per share on the corporation’s common stock, payable on April 9, 2012. The dividend is payable to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 1, 2012. Sara Lee Corp. has paid quarterly dividends to its stockholders continuously for more than 65 years, and today’s announcement represents the 264th consecutive quarterly dividend declared by the corporation.

About Sara Lee Corporation

Sara Lee Corp. (NYSE: SLE) and it’s leading portfolio of food and beverage brands, including Ball Park, Douwe Egberts, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Pickwick Teas, Sara Lee and SENSEO, generate nearly $9 billion in annual net sales from continuing operations and employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide. In January, 2011, Sara Lee Corp. announced that it will divide the company into two pure -play publicly-traded companies, one focused on the international coffee and tea market and the other on North American meats. For more information on the company, please visit www.saralee.com.

Sara Lee CorporationMedia: Mike Cummins, +1.630.598.8412Analysts: Melissa Napier, +1.630.598.8739

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