The report said merchants sold nearly $3.4 billion in goods, on which the state collected $265.5 million in gross revenue.
For the 10 months of the fiscal year, sales are up 5.2 percent and revenue collection is up 5.4 percent.
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval hailed the report as “strong economic news” in a posting on Twitter.
But while some industries saw marked improvement during the month, the report shows other sectors continue to struggle, most notably Nevada’s construction industry, which imploded during the Great Recession and has yet to regain footing in a state that still leads the nation in joblessness, bankruptcies and foreclosures.
Construction sales dropped nearly 32 percent in April from the same month in 2010. Sales of furniture and home furnishings fell 4.6 percent, and accommodations dropped 1.4 percent.
Total sales were up in 14 of Nevada’s 17 counties, with Clark County — the state’s largest that includes the tourism hub of Las Vegas — among those posting declines.
Sales in Clark County totaled $2.27 billion, down 0.9 percent. Sales were down 10.9 percent in Churchill County and 2.6 percent in Eureka County.
Industries posting big gains during the month included vehicles and auto parts, up 12.5 percent; clothing and accessories, up 24 percent; durable goods, up 9.9 percent; and electronics and appliances, up 36 percent.
Sales at bar and restaurants, an indicator of Nevada’s tourism industry, rose 7.1 percent statewide and 7.2 percent in Clark County.
In Washoe County, which includes Reno, taxable sales totaled $435.4 million, up 10.2 percent. Elsewhere, sales rose 30.1 percent in Carson City, 5.5 percent in Elko County, nearly 26 percent in Storey, 3.9 percent in Douglas, and 8.5 percent in Lyon.
The portion of sales and use taxes that go to the state general fund totaled $67.3 million in April, representing a 3.4 percent increase over April 2010, the report said.
The agency says the general fund portion of sales and use taxes collected is about $7 million greater than the May forecast by the Economic Forum, an independent panel charged with projecting state revenues for the next two years.