Document and Company Information (USD $)
In Billions, except Share data, unless otherwise specified
12 Months Ended
Jan. 30, 2010
Mar. 12, 2010
Jul. 31, 2009
Document and Company Information [Abstract]      
Document Type 10-K    
Document Period End Date Jan. 30, 2010    
Amendment Flag false    
Entity Registrant Name NORDSTROM INC    
Entity Central Index Key 0000072333    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --01-30    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   218,020,643  
Entity Public Float     $ 4.8