We know that Aeropostale fares well in the recession and posts impressive sales due to its kindly priced apparel that connects with its teen audience. But as a brand name is it really more valuable than Macy’s?Well, that’s the case, according to firm Interbrand Design Forum, which put out a list of the 50 strongest retail brand names in the country. It’s list has Aeropostale at number 35, while Macy’s is ranked 50th. The following top five, in descending order, aren’t much of a surprise: Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Home Depot and Walgreen’s. Some names bumped from the last that made it last year include Hollister, Barnes & Noble and Anthropologie.Does anything about the list strike you as particularly odd? Or are you in agreement with Interbrand’s assesment?ALSO: Go West, Aldi

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