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Basis of Presentation and Consolidation (Policy)

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Basis of Presentation and Consolidation (Policy)
6 Months Ended
Jul. 30, 2016
Basis of Presentation and Consolidation [Abstract]  
Consolidation, Policy
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. is a holding company whose principal operating subsidiary is J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc. (JCP). JCP was incorporated in Delaware in 1924, and J. C. Penney Company, Inc. was incorporated in Delaware in 2002, when the holding company structure was implemented. The holding company has no independent assets or operations, and no direct subsidiaries other than JCP. The holding company and its consolidated subsidiaries, including JCP, are collectively referred to in this quarterly report as “we,” “us,” “our,” “ourselves” or the “Company,” unless otherwise indicated.
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. is a co-obligor (or guarantor, as appropriate) regarding the payment of principal and interest on JCP’s outstanding debt securities. The guarantee of certain of JCP’s outstanding debt securities by J. C. Penney Company, Inc. is full and unconditional.
These unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The accompanying unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements, in our opinion, include all material adjustments necessary for a fair presentation and should be read in conjunction with the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and notes thereto in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2016 (2015 Form 10-K). We follow substantially the same accounting policies to prepare quarterly financial statements as are followed in preparing annual financial statements. A description of such significant accounting policies is included in the 2015 Form 10-K. The January 30, 2016 financial information was derived from the audited Consolidated Financial Statements, with related footnotes, included in the 2015 Form 10-K. Because of the seasonal nature of the retail business, operating results for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the full year.
Fiscal Period, Policy
Our fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to January 31. As used herein, “three months ended July 30, 2016” and “three months ended August 1, 2015” refer to the 13-week periods ended July 30, 2016 and August 1, 2015, respectively. “Six months ended July 30, 2016” and “six months ended August 1, 2015” refer to the 26-week periods ended July 30, 2016 and August 1, 2015, respectively. Fiscal years 2016 and 2015 contain 52 weeks.