Despite solid third-quarter earnings and signs of a healing economy, MasterCard Inc. is continuing to cut jobs and plan marketing expenditures cautiously in view of what it expects will be a slow convalescence for consumers.

The Purchase, N.Y., payments company said Tuesday that it swung to a profit of $452 million in the third quarter as net revenues grew 6.6% from the previous quarter and 2% from the year earlier, to $1.4 billion.

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