(Reuters) - MasterCard Inc , the world's No. 2 debit and credit card company, reported a better-than-expected profit for the holiday shopping quarter as customers swiped their cards more often. "Despite a mixed global economy, we delivered solid results for the quarter and for the full year in 2014," Chief Executive Ajay Banga said in a statement. U.S. retail sales rose 5.5 percent from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve as demand for women's apparel, jewelry and casual dining offset sluggish sales of electronics, MasterCard said in December. Up to Thursday's close of $81.38, MasterCard shares had risen about 5 percent in the past year.