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Restructuring and Other Charges - Store Closures and Charges Incurred (Details)

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Restructuring and Other Charges - Store Closures and Charges Incurred (Details)
$ in Thousands
3 Months Ended 9 Months Ended
Oct. 29, 2016
USD ($)
Oct. 29, 2016
USD ($)
store
Retail Segment    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Pre-tax restructuring and other charges $ 9,100 $ 42,700
Cumulative pre-tax restructuring and other charges 82,600 $ 82,600
Fourth quarter fiscal 2015 initiatives    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Number of stores expected to be closed in fiscal 2016 | store   250
Fourth quarter fiscal 2015 initiatives | Retail Segment    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Pre-tax restructuring and other charges 10,949 $ 59,125
Cumulative pre-tax restructuring and other charges 100,588 100,588
Fourth quarter fiscal 2015 initiatives | Retail Segment | Selling, general and administrative expenses    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Pre-tax restructuring and other charges 12,400 61,800
Fourth quarter fiscal 2015 initiatives | Retail Segment | Cost of sales    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Pre-tax restructuring and other charges 1,500 $ 2,700
Closure of underperforming stores | Minimum    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Number of stores expected to be closed in fiscal 2016 | store   80
Closure of underperforming stores | Maximum    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Number of stores expected to be closed in fiscal 2016 | store   90
Exiting of the outlet/factory business    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Number of stores expected to be closed in fiscal 2016 | store   58
Store closures resulting from the rollout of shops within Macy's stores | Minimum    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Number of stores expected to be closed in fiscal 2016 | store   100
Store closures resulting from the rollout of shops within Macy's stores | Maximum    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Number of stores expected to be closed in fiscal 2016 | store   110
Lease termination costs | Fourth quarter fiscal 2015 initiatives | Retail Segment    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Pre-tax restructuring and other charges 8,667 $ 37,004
Cumulative pre-tax restructuring and other charges 37,004 37,004
Store asset impairment charges and accelerated depreciation | Fourth quarter fiscal 2015 initiatives | Retail Segment    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Pre-tax restructuring and other charges (844) 2,330
Cumulative pre-tax restructuring and other charges 25,476 25,476
Consulting costs | Fourth quarter fiscal 2015 initiatives | Retail Segment    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Pre-tax restructuring and other charges 1,806 13,583
Cumulative pre-tax restructuring and other charges 14,501 14,501
Inventory reserve charges | Fourth quarter fiscal 2015 initiatives | Retail Segment    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Cumulative pre-tax restructuring and other charges 11,008 11,008
Favorable lease impairment charges | Fourth quarter fiscal 2015 initiatives | Retail Segment    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Cumulative pre-tax restructuring and other charges 5,533 5,533
Severance and employee-related costs | Fourth quarter fiscal 2015 initiatives | Retail Segment    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Pre-tax restructuring and other charges 481 4,643
Cumulative pre-tax restructuring and other charges 4,643 4,643
Other costs | Fourth quarter fiscal 2015 initiatives | Retail Segment    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Pre-tax restructuring and other charges 839 1,565
Cumulative pre-tax restructuring and other charges $ 2,423 $ 2,423