Applebee's International, Inc.: First Quarter Comparable Sales Increase 3.6 Percent for Company Restaurants; April Company Comparable Sales Increase 3.4 Percent Applebee's International, Inc. (Nasdaq:APPB) yesterday reported net earnings of $16.8 million, or 68 cents and 67 cents per share on a basic and diluted basis, respectively, for the first quarter ended April 1, 2001. This represents an increase in earnings per share of 24 percent and 22 percent on a basic and diluted basis, respectively, as compared with 55 cents per share on both a basic and diluted basis for the first quarter of 2000.