Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Quarterly Results (unaudited) (Unaudited Quarterly Results) (Details)

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Quarterly Results (unaudited) (Unaudited Quarterly Results) (Details) - USD ($)
$ / shares in Units, $ in Millions
3 Months Ended 12 Months Ended
Jan. 30, 2016
Oct. 31, 2015
Aug. 01, 2015
May. 02, 2015
Jan. 31, 2015
Nov. 01, 2014
Aug. 02, 2014
May. 03, 2014
Jan. 30, 2016
Jan. 31, 2015
Feb. 01, 2014
Quarterly Financial Data [Abstract]                      
Net sales $ 8,869 $ 5,874 $ 6,104 $ 6,232 $ 9,364 $ 6,195 $ 6,267 $ 6,279 $ 27,079 $ 28,105 $ 27,931
Cost of sales (5,549) (3,537) (3,610) (3,800) (5,589) (3,766) (3,672) (3,836) (16,496) (16,863) (16,725)
Gross margin 3,320 2,337 2,494 2,432 3,775 2,429 2,595 2,443 10,583 11,242 11,206
Selling, general and administrative expenses (2,207) (1,968) (2,058) (2,023) (2,324) (2,007) (2,024) (2,000) (8,256) (8,355) (8,440)
Impairments, store closing and other costs (177) (111) 0 0 (87) 0 0 0 (288) (87) (88)
Net income attributable to Macy's, Inc. shareholders $ 544 $ 118 $ 217 $ 193 $ 793 $ 217 $ 292 $ 224 $ 1,072 $ 1,526 $ 1,486
Basic earnings per share attributable to Macy's, Inc. shareholders $ 1.74 $ 0.36 $ 0.65 $ 0.57 $ 2.30 $ 0.62 $ 0.81 $ 0.61 $ 3.26 $ 4.30 $ 3.93
Diluted earnings per share attributable to Macy's, Inc. shareholders $ 1.73 $ 0.36 $ 0.64 $ 0.56 $ 2.26 $ 0.61 $ 0.80 $ 0.60 $ 3.22 $ 4.22 $ 3.86