Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Receivables (Narrative) (Details)

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Receivables (Narrative) (Details) (USD $)
In Millions, unless otherwise specified
12 Months Ended
Jan. 28, 2012
Jan. 29, 2011
Jan. 30, 2010
Receivables $ 368 $ 338  
Credit Card Program Agreement [Member]
     
Effective period of agreement, years 10    
Expiration date of agreement July 17, 2016    
Number of years in renewal option 3    
Amount received under agreement 772 528 525
Net earnings from credit operations $ 582 $ 332 $ 323