Hotel-chain operator CDL Hotels International saw attributable profit rise 4.86 per cent to $371.4 million during the first six months against the same period last year, helped by strong performance in the United States and a one-off gain from asset sales. Operating profit grew 10 per cent to $510.79 million while turnover was up marginally to $2.43 billion from $2.4 billion previously. Attributable profit included an exceptional gain of $154.22 million, largely arising from sales of Asia Pacific hotel and property interests to British subsidiary Millennium & Copthorne Hotels in April. In North America, CDL benefited from a strong market as occupancy for the region increased to 78.7 per cent despite an extra supply of rooms. CDL's hotel operations in Europe remained steady even though its results in Britain were 'coloured' by slower business demand for hotel accommodation, especially at the beginning of this year. Earnings from Asia improved as a result of higher net interest income and write-back of excess provisions.