Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Basis of Presentation and Consolidation

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Basis of Presentation and Consolidation
12 Months Ended
Jan. 28, 2017
Basis of Presentation and Consolidation [Abstract]  
Basis of Presentation and Consolidation
Basis of Presentation and Consolidation
 
Nature of Operations 
Our Company was founded by James Cash Penney in 1902 and has grown to be a major national retailer, operating 1,013 department stores in 49 states and Puerto Rico, as well as through our Internet website at jcpenney.com. We sell family apparel and footwear, accessories, fine and fashion jewelry, beauty products through Sephora inside JCPenney, and home furnishings. In addition, our department stores provide services, such as styling salon, optical, portrait photography and custom decorating, to customers.

Basis of Presentation and Consolidation
The Consolidated Financial Statements present the results of J. C. Penney Company, Inc. and our subsidiaries (the Company or JCPenney). All significant inter-company transactions and balances have been eliminated in consolidation.
 
We are 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 direct subsidiaries other than JCP, and has no independent assets or operations. 
 
The Company is a co-obligor (or guarantor, as appropriate) regarding the payment of principal and interest on JCP’s outstanding debt securities. We guarantee certain of JCP’s outstanding debt securities fully and unconditionally.
 
Fiscal Year
Our fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to January 31. Unless otherwise stated, references to years in this report relate to fiscal years rather than to calendar years.
 
 
 
 
 
Fiscal Year
 
Ended
 
Weeks
2016
 
January 28, 2017
 
52
2015
 
January 30, 2016
 
52
2014
 
January 31, 2015
 
52

   
Use of Estimates and Assumptions
The preparation of financial statements, in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP), requires us to make assumptions and use estimates that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Such estimates and assumptions are subject to inherent uncertainties, which may result in actual amounts differing from reported amounts.