Alcon's consumer eyewear sales grew by 4.4 percent to $156.8 million in the 1st quarter, or by 5.6 percent in local currencies. Total sales increased by 8.1 percent to $1,157.1 million and were up by 10.5 percent on a currency-neutral basis. Net earnings climbed by 18.5 percent to $295.7 million in the period. Sales outside of the USA rose by 5.7 percent to $580.4 million, and grew by 10.3 percent in local currencies. The American company's domestic sales increased by 10.6 percent to $576.7 million.