Document And Entity Information
9 Months Ended
Oct. 29, 2011
Dec. 02, 2011
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Oct. 29, 2011  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2011  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Registrant Name NORDSTROM INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000072333  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --01-28  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   209,424,143