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Litigation, Other Contingencies and Guarantees (Narrative) (Details)

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Litigation, Other Contingencies and Guarantees (Narrative) (Details) (USD $)
In Millions, unless otherwise specified
9 Months Ended
Nov. 02, 2013
Jul. 20, 2012
Jul. 19, 2012
Nov. 02, 2013
J.C.Penney Direct Marketing Services, Inc. [Member]
Nov. 02, 2013
Property Lease Guarantee [Member]
Nov. 02, 2013
Capital Contribution Guarantee [Member]
Estimate Potential Environmental Liabilities Minimum $ 17          
Estimate Potential Environmental Liabilities Maximum 24          
Recorded Best Estimate 18          
Guarantor Obligations, Origin and Purpose           In connection with the redemption of two million of our SPG REIT units, we agreed to make future capital contributions to SPG under certain circumstances.
Guarantor Obligations, Triggering Event           Capital contributions would be required only if (i) one or more unsecured senior notes or term loans of SPG are in default and (ii) the aggregate amount received and/or realized by the lenders with respect to such notes or loans upon the exhaustion of all other remedies available to them is less than the maximum amount of all capital contribution commitments of the Company and other parties with similar commitments.
Maximum Exposure of Guarantee       $ 20 $ 9 $ 360
7 Assigned Leases on Sold Outlet Store Locations 7          
REIT Units Redeemed   2 2      
Guarantor Obligations, Term           Under certain circumstances, including the disposition of its remaining SPG REIT units, the Company can terminate its obligation. On November 19, 2013, our SPG REIT units were converted to shares and, as a result, the capital contribution obligation will terminate 90 days from that date.