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Retail Showdown: Burlington Stores a Better Buy Than Walmart

In a retail landscape transformed by Amazon, placing fresh bets on retail stocks carries great risk.

Walmart (WMT) is struggling to reinvent itself but has made some progress with its e-commerce initiatives. Yet there are other chain retailers that are better options for investors, including Burlington Stores (BURL) .

The Burlington Township, N.J.-based company offers brand names at low prices. It has better profit margins than Walmart and higher same-store growth, a key metric in gauging a retailer's success. In addition, its success in the short-term won't depend as much on its e-commerce business.

Shares of Burlington rose a little over 1% in Friday trading. Walmart shares fell slightly.

Below you'll find a comparison between Burlington and...