This excerpt taken from the GPS 10-Q filed Jun 9, 2009.
Cash Flow Hedges
We designate the following foreign exchange forward contracts as cash flow hedges: forward contracts used to hedge forecasted merchandise purchases denominated primarily in U.S. dollars made by our international subsidiaries whose functional currencies are their local currencies; and forward contracts used to hedge forecasted intercompany royalty payments denominated in Japanese yen and Canadian dollars received by entities whose functional currencies are U.S. dollars. For derivative instruments that are designated and qualify as cash flow hedges, the effective portion of the gain or loss on the derivative instruments is reported as a component of other comprehensive income (OCI) and is recognized in earnings in the period which approximates the time the underlying transaction occurs. Gains and losses on the derivative instruments representing either hedge ineffectiveness or hedge components excluded from the assessment of effectiveness, if any, are recognized in current earnings. During the thirteen weeks ended May 2, 2009, there were no material amounts recorded as a result of hedge ineffectiveness, hedge components excluded from the assessment of effectiveness, or the discontinuance of cash flow hedges because the forecasted transactions were no longer probable.
We make merchandise purchases on a monthly basis and we enter into foreign exchange forward contracts to hedge forecasted merchandise purchases generally occurring in 12 to 18 months. We make intercompany royalty payments on a quarterly basis and we enter into foreign exchange forward contracts to hedge intercompany royalty payments generally occurring in 12 to 15 months.
As of May 2, 2009 we had foreign exchange forward contracts outstanding to buy the notional amount of $654 million and 13 million British pounds related to both our forecasted merchandise purchases and forecasted intercompany royalty payments.