Harbour Centre Development, the hotel and restaurant company controlled by Wharf Holdings, yesterday said profit attributable to shareholders for 1997 rose 130 per cent to $841.2 million. The rise was due to a net exceptional gain of $633.6 million, mainly from the sale of the company's stake in Furama Hotel Enterprises during the year. Harbour Centre sold its 23.9 per cent stake in Furama Hotels to Lai Sun Development after Lai Sun launched a takeover offer for the hotel company. Operating profits were less robust, falling 39.7 per cent to $225.7 million, as the company's hotels suffered from the slide in tourist visits to Hong Kong. Turnover fell 19.1 per cent to $923.4 million, while earnings per share rose 130 per cent to $2.67.