April taxable sales in Nevada were up 2% compared to April 2009, the first such increase the recession-battered state has recorded in 20 months.

The figures, released Monday by the state’s Department of Taxation, include a 3.5% increase for Clark County, home of Las Vegas and by far Nevada’s largest county.

The accommodation category recorded a 15% increase, and sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers were up almost 11% over April 2009.

One month’s slight bump in taxable sales won’t salvage the fiscal year; for the first 10 months of fiscal 2010, the numbers are still 11.9% lower than the same period in fiscal 2009.

April’s gross revenue collections from sales and use taxes were $255.9 million, a 6.35% increase from April 2009, though they are down 6.6% overall for the first 10 months of fiscal 2010.

“We will be persistent in using all available resources to stimulate and promote the road to Nevada’s economic recovery,” Gov. Jim Gibbons said in a statement.

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