Document and Entity Information (USD $)
In Billions, except Share data, unless otherwise specified
12 Months Ended
Jan. 29, 2011
Mar. 11, 2011
Jul. 30, 2010
Document and Entity Information      
Document Type 10-K    
Document Period End Date Jan. 29, 2011    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 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 --01-29    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   218,078,190  
Entity Public Float     $ 6.2