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Impairments, Store Closing Costs and Gain on Sale of Leases

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Impairments, Store Closing Costs and Gain on Sale of Leases
12 Months Ended
Jan. 30, 2016
Impairments, Store Closing Costs and Other Costs [Abstract]  
Impairments, Store Closing and Other Costs
2.
Impairments, Store Closing and Other Costs
Impairments, store closing and other costs consist of the following:
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
(millions)
Impairments of properties held and used
$
148

 
$
33

 
$
39

Severance
123

 
46

 
43

Other
17

 
8

 
6

 
$
288

 
$
87

 
$
88



During January 2016, the Company announced a series of cost-efficiency and process improvement measures, including organization changes that combine certain region and district organizations of the My Macy's store management structure, adjusting staffing levels in each Macy's and Bloomingdale's store, implementing a voluntary separation opportunity for certain senior executives in stores, office and support functions who meet certain age and service requirements, reducing additional positions in back-office organizations, consolidating the four existing Macy's, Inc. credit and customer service center facilities into three, and decreasing non-payroll budgets company-wide.
During January 2015, the Company announced a series of initiatives to evolve its business model and invest in continued growth opportunities, including a restructuring of merchandising and marketing functions at Macy's and Bloomingdale's consistent with the Company's omnichannel approach to retailing, as well as a series of adjustments to its field and store operations to increase productivity and efficiency.
During January 2014, the Company announced a series of cost-reduction initiatives, including organization changes that combine certain region and district organizations of the My Macy’s store management structure and the realignment and elimination of certain store, central office and administrative functions.
During January 2016, the Company announced the closure of 40 Macy's stores; during January 2015, the Company announced the closure of fourteen Macy's stores; and during January 2014, the Company announced the closure of five Macy’s stores.
In connection with these announcements and the plans to dispose of these locations, the Company incurred severance and other human resource-related costs and other costs related to lease obligations and other store liabilities.
As a result of the Company’s projected undiscounted future cash flows related to certain store locations and other assets being less than their carrying value, the Company recorded impairment charges, including properties that were the subject of announced store closings. The fair values of these assets were calculated based on the projected cash flows and an estimated risk-adjusted rate of return that would be used by market participants in valuing these assets or based on prices of similar assets.
The Company expects to pay out the majority of the 2015 accrued severance costs, which are included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities on the Consolidated Balance Sheets, prior to July 30, 2016. The 2014 and 2013 accrued severance costs, which were included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities on the Consolidated Balance Sheets, were paid out in the year subsequent to incurring such severance costs.