Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Taxes (Income Tax Expense) (Details)

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Taxes (Income Tax Expense) (Details) (USD $)
In Millions, unless otherwise specified
12 Months Ended
Jan. 28, 2012
Jan. 29, 2011
Jan. 30, 2010
Taxes Payable [Abstract]      
Current federal income tax expense (benefit) $ 519 $ 217 $ 48
Deferred federal income tax expense (benefit) 144 234 84
Federal income tax expense (benefit), total 663 451 132
Current state and local income tax expense (benefit) 43 12 9
Deferred state and local income tax expense (benefit) 6 10 37
State and local income tax expense (benefit), total 49 22 46
Current income tax expense (benefit), total 562 229 57
Deferred income tax expense, total 150 244 121
Income tax expense (benefit), total $ 712 $ 473 $ 178