NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Consumer goods and drug company Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ) beat analysts' first-quarter earnings estimates Tuesday reporting earnings excluding special items of $3.8 billion, or $1.37 a share. This topped year-earlier earnings of $3.7 billion, or $1.36 a share. Analysts, s, on average, were calling for earnings of $1.35 a share. Johnson & Johnson's net earnings were $3.9 billion, or $1.41 a share. The period included an after-tax gain related to the Synthes acquisition of $106 million and $276 million in after-tax charges from the DePuy ASR Hip recall and from litigation. Global consumer sales were $3.6 billion, down 2.4% from last year. U.S. sales fell 2.2% and international sales declined 2.5%. Shares of Johnson & Johnson ticked up 37 cents, or 0.58%, to $64.35 in premarket trading Tuesday. -- Written by Alexandra Zendrian >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Alexandra Zendrian >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to Alexandra Zendrian.