Royal Ahold (NYSE: AHO) First Quarter Highlights: Earnings surge 50.6% to Euro 346.6 million Operating earnings climb 57.2% to Euro 711.0 million Earnings per share increase by 18.3% to Euro 0.41 Sales rise 65.9% to Euro 18.2 billion Earnings per share growth for full-year 2001, excluding currency fluctuations, expected at 15%