Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), today reported $0.12 diluted earnings per share for the first fiscal quarter ended December 30, 2000, compared to $0.25 in the same quarter last year. These results exceeded the consensus estimate of $0.10 per share as reported by First Call, and were at the high end of management's expectations for the period. First quarter earnings were $27 million compared to $57 million for the same period last year.