During the fiscal year ended November 30, 2016, we achieved sales growth across the board, primarily in our core temporary staffing service and special needs employment service. Net sales grew 27.1% year on year to \9,236 million, reaching a record high for a second consecutive year. The temporary staffing service in particular increased 36% year on year atop growth in staffing services at call centers, while the special needs employment service also achieved extremely good results, increasing 56% year on year with a steady increase in the number of transacting companies.
Earnings also increased significantly in step with sales, while the Company also made strong progress on improving the earnings from smart meter services, which had been an issue. As a result, operating income rose 753.2% year on year, to ¥507 million; ordinary income increased 902.2%, to ¥496 million; and we recorded profit attributable to owners of parent of ¥408 million, compared with loss attributable to owners of parent of ¥68 million in the previous fiscal year.
In the fiscal year ending November 30, 2017, we expect not only to achieve our plan for the fiscal year, but to ensure our medium- to long-term growth. The rapid advance of IT and AI as well as the appearance of new technologies and so forth driving change in the external environment faster than ever before. To respond to these rapid changes, we believe it is necessary to transform ourselves flexibly and with a sense of urgency. Moreover, to capture new earning opportunities, we will aggressively engage with external growth opportunities as well. In addition, we will strengthen our organization framework for the next stage while proceeding to delegate authority to promote speedy management. Based on these initiatives, we aim to achieve record levels of sales and profit. Specifically, we forecast net sales of ¥10,824 million, up 13.1% from the previous fiscal year; operating income of ¥270 million, up 14.8%; ordinary income of ¥258 million, up 15.0%; and profit attributable to owners of parent of ¥334 million, down 18.0%.
We will also promote business development in areas that make strong contributions to society as we work to develop our company in a way that is even more positive for society. We ask shareholders and investors for your continued understanding and support of these endeavors.