Sara Lee Corp, the US's biggest apparel manufacturer, is to put around $236 million into the company's pension plans in the fiscal year ended 3 July 2005, compared with $112m in the last fiscal year.

The company, which is headquartered in Chicago, said its proposed contribution was $1.54 billion higher than previously planned.

Sara Lee retails under brands including Hanes, Playtex and Wonderbra, and recently launched an Indian branch of operations.