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Gain on Sale of Properties, Impairments, Store Closing Costs and Division Consolidation Costs (Activity Associated with Severance Accrual Established in Connection With Restructuring Initiative) (Details)

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Gain on Sale of Properties, Impairments, Store Closing Costs and Division Consolidation Costs (Activity Associated with Severance Accrual Established in Connection With Restructuring Initiative) (Details) (USD $)
In Millions, unless otherwise specified
12 Months Ended
Jan. 28, 2012
Jan. 29, 2011
Jan. 30, 2010
Severance costs, ending balance $ 4 $ 1  
Closure of Stores [Member] | Employee Severance [Member]
     
Severance costs, beginning balance 1 2 4
Division consolidation costs and store closing related costs 4 1 2
Payments (1) (2) (4)
Severance costs, ending balance 4 1 2
Division Consolidations and Localization Initiative [Member] | Employee Severance [Member]
     
Severance costs, beginning balance   69 30
Division consolidation costs and store closing related costs   0 166
Payments   (69) (127)
Severance costs, ending balance   $ 0 $ 69