Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Retirement Benefit Plans

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Retirement Benefit Plans
9 Months Ended
Oct. 28, 2017
Retirement Benefit Plans [Abstract]  
Retirement Benefit Plans
Retirement Benefit Plans
The components of net periodic benefit expense/(income) for our non-contributory qualified defined benefit pension plan (Primary Pension Plan) and non-contributory supplemental pension plans were as follows:
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
($ in millions)
October 28,
2017
 
October 29,
2016
 
October 28,
2017
 
October 29,
2016
Primary Pension Plan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Service cost
$
11

 
$
14

 
$
32

 
$
41

Interest cost
36

 
38

 
109

 
114

Expected return on plan assets
(53
)
 
(54
)
 
(160
)
 
(161
)
Amortization of prior service cost/(credit)
1

 
2

 
5

 
6

Settlement expense
12

 

 
12

 

Net periodic benefit expense/(income)
$
7

 
$

 
$
(2
)
 
$

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Supplemental Pension Plans
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Service cost
$

 
$

 
$

 
$

Interest cost
2

 
1

 
5

 
5

Net periodic benefit expense/(income)
$
2

 
$
1

 
$
5

 
$
5

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Primary and Supplemental Pension Plans Total
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Service cost
$
11

 
$
14

 
$
32

 
$
41

Interest cost
38

 
39

 
114

 
119

Expected return on plan assets
(53
)
 
(54
)
 
(160
)
 
(161
)
Amortization of prior service cost/(credit)
1

 
2

 
5

 
6

Settlement expense
12

 

 
12

 

Net periodic benefit expense/(income)
$
9

 
$
1

 
$
3

 
$
5


During the third quarter of 2017, we recognized settlement expense of $12 million due to higher lump-sum payment activity to retirees primarily as a result of the VERP executed earlier in the year. The lump-sum payments reduced our pension obligation by $195 million. Following these payments and the completion of a remeasurement of plan assets and liabilities, the plan's funded status is 100% as of October 28, 2017. The discount rate used for the remeasurement as of October 28, 2017 was 3.94% compared to the year-end 2016 discount rate of 4.40%.
Additionally, the Company had net periodic postretirement income of $6 million and $14 million, respectively, in the three and nine months ended October 29, 2016 related to the Company's noncontributory postretirement medical and dental plan which was included in SG&A expense in the unaudited Interim Consolidated Statements of Operations. The postretirement medical and dental plan was terminated effective December 31, 2016.