Document and Entity Information
9 Months Ended
Oct. 30, 2010
Dec. 03, 2010
Document and Entity Information    
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Oct. 30, 2010  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2010  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Registrant Name NORDSTROM INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000072333  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --01-29  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   218,999,979