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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 6 Months Ended
Jul. 30, 2016
USD ($)
Jul. 30, 2016
USD ($)
store
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 $ 35,015 $ 48,176
Cumulative pre-tax restructuring and other charges 89,639 89,639
Fourth quarter fiscal 2015 initiatives | Retail Segment | Selling, general and administrative expenses    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Pre-tax restructuring and other charges 36,400 49,400
Fourth quarter fiscal 2015 initiatives | Retail Segment | Cost of sales    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Pre-tax restructuring and other charges 1,400 $ 1,200
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 26,446 $ 28,337
Cumulative pre-tax restructuring and other charges 28,337 28,337
Store asset impairment charges and accelerated depreciation | Fourth quarter fiscal 2015 initiatives | Retail Segment    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Pre-tax restructuring and other charges 1,164 3,174
Cumulative pre-tax restructuring and other charges 26,320 26,320
Consulting costs | Fourth quarter fiscal 2015 initiatives | Retail Segment    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Pre-tax restructuring and other charges 6,825 11,777
Cumulative pre-tax restructuring and other charges 12,695 12,695
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 406 4,162
Cumulative pre-tax restructuring and other charges 4,162 4,162
Other costs | Fourth quarter fiscal 2015 initiatives | Retail Segment    
Restructuring and Other Charges    
Pre-tax restructuring and other charges 174 726
Cumulative pre-tax restructuring and other charges $ 1,584 $ 1,584