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Basis of Presentation and Consolidation

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Basis of Presentation and Consolidation
9 Months Ended
Nov. 03, 2018
Basis of Presentation and Consolidation [Abstract]  
Basis of Presentation and Consolidation
Basis of Presentation and Consolidation
Basis of Presentation
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 February 3, 2018 (2017 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 2017 Form 10-K. The February 3, 2018 financial information was derived from the audited Consolidated Financial Statements, with related footnotes, included in the 2017 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 Year
Our fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to January 31. As used herein, “three months ended November 3, 2018” and “third quarter of 2018” refers to the 13-week period ended November 3, 2018, and “three months ended October 28, 2017” and “third quarter of 2017” refers to the 13-week period ended October 28, 2017. "Nine months ended November 3, 2018" and "nine months ended October 28, 2017" refer to the 39-week periods ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017, respectively. Fiscal year 2018 contains 52 weeks, and fiscal year 2017 contains 53 weeks.
Basis of Consolidation
All significant inter-company transactions and balances have been eliminated in consolidation. Certain reclassifications were made to prior period amounts to conform to the current period presentation.